The staff deployed at the much-hyped Women Police Station that was inaugurated on Saturday on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan at the Home Guard Building in Sector 17 here, is not clear about their jurisdiction and responsibilities. Officials say the complaints coming from women would have to be submitted at the police headquarters and not at the police station.
On Sunday when the HT team visited the police station, assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Jagpal Singh was the senior most cop present.
An official seeking anonymity said that there was no standing order issued by the senior officers how to run the police station after it has been designated as the one exclusively for women for women. The official said they were working as before when it was a wing for crimes against women (CAW).
He said the police station would entertain dowry-related complaints but the investigations would be conducted by the CAW as before. He said there was no clarity on the complaints related to sexual harassment, especially whether or not the police station can entertain complaints directly on its own. He said they were waiting for orders from the seniors to bring clarity on how the women police station would function.
Another police official said that there was already a helpline 1091 for the complaints related to domestic violence. Such complaints were being referred to the police station concerned and now when an exclusive police station is in place to look into complaints from women, there is no clarity whether or not to lodge the complaint in Sector 17 or refer the same to the police station concerned.
Meanwhile, station house officer (SHO) Harjit Kaur said they would act in cases related to sexual harassment as per the directions from seniors. DSP (CAW) Kamla Meena said she was in Delhi and wouldn’t be able to clarify on the latest developments.
At the inaugural function on Saturday, the adviser, Vijay Dev, had said the police station was being set up with the aim to make women comfortable while approaching the police.