Home ministry okays special units to tackle crimes against women

Centre to share half the cost of the units, says Rajnath’s letter to the chief ministers

GN Staff | January 5, 2015



The Ministry of Home Affairs has proposed to set up Investigative Units on Crimes against Women (IUCAW) in 20 percent of the districts of each state on a 50:50 cost sharing basis with the states.

 Union home minister Rajnath Singh has written to the chief minister of the states regarding the need to strengthen investigation, prosecution, trials by courts and other elements of the criminal justice system and to deal with the issue of rise of crimes against women.

MHA has proposed to set up 150 IUCAW units initially on a pilot basis in most crime prone districts in every state. These units may consist of 15 personnel, preferably five of them being women.

The states will have full flexibility on whether to create new posts or to designate from the existing personnel from their forces.

Each IUCAW would be headed by an officer of the rank of additional superintendent of police and would be assisted by two deputy SPs. Out of the total 2,250 personnel required for the 150 IUCAWs, 750 will be women. The scheme would involve a total expenditure of Rs 84 crore annually, out of which Rs 42 crore would be provided by the Centre.

Singh further mentioned that the objective of these units would be to investigate cases augment the investigative machinery of the states in relation to the heinous crimes against women, instill confidence and encourage women to come forward to lodge complaints. This would also improve the gender ratio in the state police forces.

Besides, these units would have the additional functionality of proactive policing, intelligence gathering, tackling organized crime, monitoring proper implementation of the legislative provisions, helping awareness generation and promotion of social participation in checking crimes against women, the home minister has said in his letter to the chief ministers.
 

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