Delhi Commission for Women chairperson Swati Maliwal has issued a notice to the Delhi Police seeking the status of the installation of CCTV cameras in police stations and police chowkis.
In the notices issued to DCPs of all districts, Maliwal has sought information regarding the number of rooms in each police station and police chowki along with the number of CCTV installed.
She also asked for details of the number of CCTV cameras having the facility of audio recording and night vision. The Commission has also sought information on non-functional CCTV cameras and the steps being taken by the Delhi Police to make them functional.
The Supreme Court in 2020 directed all states and Union territories to ensure that CCTV cameras with night vision and audio recording are installed in every police station in the country. The court’s direction was given to ensure greater transparency and accountability in the functioning of the police, stated the DCW.
Pointing out that the Supreme Court has directed the police force of the states to install CCTV cameras with night vision and audio recording facilities at all police stations, Maliwal said, “Installation of CCTV cameras in police stations and chowkis is a major step for ensuring police accountability. The Commission will ascertain the implementation of Supreme Courts directives and shall give recommendations to the government in this regard. All Police Stations and Police Chowkis must be under CCTV coverage in Delhi.”