MP’s first counselling centre for cops begins functioning

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Aug 27, 2014 22:24 IST

A police officer and his wife have yet another chance to iron out their differences after living separately for more than seven months. Now, they will be living together for a week and will try to sort out their problems.

Thanks to counselling services of a state-level Family Counselling Centre which started functioning on Wednesday to look into complaints of wives of gazetted police officers against their husbands.

The counselling centre, which is the first of its kind in the country — as claims the police department — took up its first case on Wednesday — that of a sub-divisional officer of police (SDoP) Indrajeet Balkwar who is posted at Jawad in Neemuch district.

The counselling centre comprises of additional director general of police (ADG) Crime against Women Cell Aruna Mohan Rao (chairperson), Ruma Bhattacharya and Rita Tuli (psychiatrics), Kakoli Rai (counsellor) and other members.

The woman in her complaint lodged with SP Neemuch office has accused her husband of having an extra-marital affair and talking excessively on his cellphone at night. She also alleged that whenever she objected to her husband’s act, he beat her up.

However, when asked, Balkwar refuted the allegations saying that he was fed up with his wife’s behaviour who chose to indulge in fights with him on trivial issues. That’s why he didn’t want to live with her.

The counselling centre members first had a conversation with Balkawar's wife. Later, the couple was counselled together. They were given a week to live together and try to sort out their differences and misunderstandings.

"The officer's wife has lodged a complaint against him. She wants to live with him but the officer does not. The motive of the counselling centre is to save the family. We are trying to make the couple understand the importance of family life. If the matter is not sorted out through counselling, further action would be taken as per law," said ADG Aruna Mohan Rao.

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