Special units to be set up in 7 districts of Rajasthan to probe crimes against women
Additional director general of police (civil rights) Mohan Lal Lather said the state government has approved the union home ministry proposal for setting up investigative units on crimes against women (IUCAW) in Sriganganagar, Ajmer, Alwar, Udaipur, Pratapgarh, Jhalawar and Jodhpur (East).jaipur Updated: Feb 06, 2018 21:37 IST
Seven districts of Rajasthan will have dedicated units soon to investigate crimes against women, police officials said.
Additional director general of police (civil rights) Mohan Lal Lather said the state government has approved the union home ministry proposal for setting up investigative units on crimes against women (IUCAW) in Sriganganagar, Ajmer, Alwar, Udaipur, Pratapgarh, Jhalawar and Jodhpur (East).
All women police stations in the state will continue to function because IUCAW will assist other units in probe, Lather said.
The government has allocated staff for the special investigative units -- each of which will have a deputy superintendent of police (DySP), two inspectors, one sub-inspector and a constable-cum-driver.
According to police data, Rajasthan reported 25,560 cases of women atrocities and 3,305 cases of rape last year. In the districts where the special units are being set up, women atrocity cases in 2017 were: 1023 in Sriganganagar, 1,239 in Ajmer, 1,686 in Alwar, 1,121 in Udaipur, 552 in Pratapgarh, 798 in Jhalawar, and 380 in Jodhpur (East).
Last year, 130 cases of rapes were registered in Sriganganagar, 111 in Ajmer, 285 in Alwar, 154 in Udaipur, 97 each in Pratapgarh and Jhalawar, and 37 in Jodhpur (East), police data shows.
In January 2015, the union home ministry issued a notification to all chief ministers regarding setting up of the special units. In his letter to the CMs, home minister Rajnath Singh said elements of the criminal justice system -- investigation, prosecution, and trials by courts -- needed to be strengthened to deal with rise in crimes against women.
The units will be set up on a 50:50 cost sharing with the Centre, subject to a ceiling of Rs 28 lakh for each. The objectives of the units include augmenting investigative machinery regarding heinous crimes -- rape, dowry death, acid attack and human trafficking, instilling confidence and encouraging women to lodge complaints, and improving gender ratio in police forces, which is impacting effective implementation of laws for women.
The units will have the additional function of proactive policing, intelligence gathering, tackling organised crimes, monitoring implementation of legislative provisions, helping awareness generation and promoting social participation in checking crimes against women.
“These measures will help in ensuring higher conviction rate in different districts to check crimes against women and human trafficking,” said Bipin Kumar Pandey, inspector general of police (IGP), Bikaner.