New Delhi: To fast-track cases of crimes against transgender people, the Delhi Police will set up a monitoring cell to be headed by an officer with the rank of Joint Commissioner of Police (JPC). The move comes after Delhi Police Commissioner S N Shrivastava issued an order in this regard. The setting up of monitoring cell is aimed at registration, investigation and prosecution of crimes against transgenders.Earlier, the Ministry of Home Affairs had asked chief secretaries of all states and Union Territories to ensure the rights of transgender persons under (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019, according to a report in Indian Express.Last month, the DCP (Legal Cell) Rajesh Deo had issued an order in this regard. "The government has enacted the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019 on December 5, 2019 and has since notified the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2020 on September 25, 2020. The law mandates adequate steps to be taken by state governments/UTs for not only providing for welfare measures to be taken, but inter-alia, steps to be taken for rescue, protection and rehabilitation of a transgender," the report quoted from the order.In the order, Rajesh Deo further explained that "As per Section 18 of the Act, it is a punishable offence if anyone harms or injures or endangers the life, safety, health or well-being, whether mental or physical, of a transgender person or tends to do acts, including causing physical abuse, sexual abuse, verbal and emotional abuse, economic abuse.(it) will be punishable with imprisonment for a term not less than six months, but which may extend to two years with fine.”"As per the mandate under section Section 11 of the Act (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019), the Delhi police commissioner has directed the JCP of Special Police Unit for Women and Children (SPUWAC) to establish the monitoring cell," the report further quoted Deo as saying.