In view of an increasing number of complaints against police officials by their spouses, the department has decided to set up a Family Counsel Centre for its staff that would be the first of its kind in India.
Additional director general of police (ADG) of the crimes against women cell of Madhya Pradesh will be the chairperson of the centre that will handle the cases related to domestic violence, mental harassment and others lodged by the spouses of police officials.
The sparring couples will be counselled at the centre and if they fail to resolve issues amicably, the centre will be empowered to take a suitable legal action.
The centre will have a chairperson and four members, including a counsellor, two psychiatrists and inspector general of police (administration). "We have got the approval and the centre will be operational very soon," said ADG, crime against women cell, Aruna Mohan Rao.
As of now, the crime against women cell is handling two such cases---one against superintendent of police Pramoda Verma and another against Jawad sub-divisional officer of police Indrajeet Balkwar. Wives of both the officers have accused them of harassment.