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Dehradun November 18
The Uttarakhand police is further strengthening its mechanism to control crime against the fair sex, and is bringing up a proposal regarding floating a new body, crime against women cell (CAWC).

Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Dehradun Range, Sanjay Gunjiyal, is preparing the draft, which will soon be sent to the Director General of Police (DGP) for final approval.
Uttar Pradesh has also created such a structure quite recently. Gunjiyal said: " The idea of creating CAWC was mooted with my friend and counterpart in Lucknow, Uttar Pardesh, before he launched it in UP. CAWC here will primarily deal with crime against women such as stalking, eve teasing, crank calls, lewd texts, obscene videos, fake posting of photos or tampering with profile or other such mischief on the Internet or harassment of any sort, be it at public places or anywhere else. All this will be amply covered under CAWC."
While airing his view on the subject, Inspector General, Law and Order, Ram Singh Meena, said the state police had already created structures such as women's helpline and women's protection squad at the district level, where the former attended to women's issues pertaining to marital disputes, whilst the latter comprised a team of police personnel who took action on complaints against eve teasing or harassment.
The clear demarcation of structural and functional layout is absent in the latter, which is why it has not proved much effective. Women constables have been appointed in each police station/post for the very purpose but this, too, failed to yield the desired results.
Gunjiyal said a need was felt for a long time to come up with a strong alternative, a body which not only covered the existing lacunae in the structures formerly floated somewhere on the similar lines, but was also equipped with a vast scope of ambit to function and power to carry out their responsibilities.
He said he was working on the modalities of the proposal. He did not elaborate much on it, saying that it was still in the nascent stage. Once the blueprint got ready, it will be sent to the DGP for final approval.
DGP Satyavrat Bansal has already made his stand very clear on the subject, where he categorically said that the state police would be zero tolerant on crime against women.
He added that he had also directed the police personnel to behave in a courteous manner with women complainants. The inclination of sensitivity toward women, for being susceptible in society, has well percolated from top to bottom. Recently Senior Superintendent of Police Kewal Khurana also took Women's Helpline under his direct control and has begun giving special attention to the disputes reaching to him via the body.


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