Bhubaneswar: The Home Department of State government has issued guidelines/Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to top police officials and administrators for prevention and effective investigation into honour killing cases in Odisha.
The department has asked Superintendents of Police (SPs) of all districts to identify sub-divisions and villages that are prone to honour killing or assembly of khap panchayat and ensure that the officers in charge of the concerned police stations are extra cautious regarding any incidents of inter-caste and inter-religion marriage.
As per the guidelines, information about any proposed gathering of Khap Panchayats received by any police officer shall immediately be shared with senior officers and SPs who shall take steps to prevent such gatherings/meetings by interacting with the members concerned. He should also take measures to deploy adequate police force in the area and direct the officer in charge of the area concerned to remain vigilant.
The event must be video shot in order to facilitate suitable action by the law enforcing machinery as per law.
Despite measures, if such meetings take place, SPs/DSPs will remain present at the spot and see that no such decision is taken which may cause any harm to the couple or their family members, it SOP said.
The report on this behalf shall be submitted by the SP/DSP to the District Magistrate for issuing orders to take preventive measure under Section 144 of IPC and 151 of CrPC.
Departmental action shall be taken against the concerned officers for deliberate negligence, misconduct and failure to observe the directions as per service rules which shall be finalized within a period of six months.
Besides, trail of honour killing cases shall be undertaken by designated court on day to day basis and to be concluded preferably within six months from the date of taking cognizance of the offence, the guideline said.