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HindustanTimes Sat,30 Aug 2014

 India

Cyberabad police to set up exclusive women helpdesks
PTI
Hyderabad, March 06, 2013
First Published: 12:05 IST(6/3/2013)
Last Updated: 12:05 IST(6/3/2013)

In order to curb crime against women, Cyberabad police has started the process of setting up exclusive women help desks across all its police stations.

The existing reception centres in 40-odd police stations under the Cyberabad police commissionerate will also act as 'exclusive women help desks', Cyberabad police commissioner Ch Dwarka Tirumala Rao said.

"The reception centres are being strengthened and in addition to the reception work, they will function as women help desks with the posting of a woman police constable," the Cyberabad police chief said, adding as of now one 'exclusive women help desk' is functioning through the police control room.

These help desks will look into the issues relating to women and crime against them by not only taking complaints of women in distress, but also guiding them properly and counselling them, Rao explained.

The help desks will be headed by women officials who will be in constant touch with the victims to ensure their safety. "The intention of setting up these help desks is to guide women properly besides following up the matter through regular communication with them once a complaint is lodged," he added.

"Sensitive cases in which women are victims, will be handled by women inspectors under the supervision of Additional DCP (Crimes), also a woman officer," the Commissioner said.

The complaints received by the desk will be monitored daily though an online system, another senior police officer said, adding that they have developed a software for a petition monitoring system which will help keep a tab on the progress of cases at all stages.

The software, which is being presently tested, will shortly be updated with all police stations and will act as a 'grievance redressal system' for all types of complaints, Rao said.

In 2012, 72 rape cases were registered in Cyberabad limits, against 84 in 2011. Number of crimes against women decreased from 1,878 last year to 1,642 cases in 2012.


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