Special units to probe crimes against women

Special units to probe crimes against women

The Centre on Monday proposed the setting up of 150 investigative units to probe crimes against women like rape, dowry harassment and acid attacks.

The Investigative Units on Crimes Against Women (IUCAW) will be set up on a pilot basis in most crime-prone districts of each state. The initial plan is to cover 20 per cent of districts of each state at an annual expenditure of Rs 84 crore.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has assured the states that the Centre would bear 50 per cent (Rs 42 crore) of the annual cost.

In his letter to the chief ministers, the home minister said there is a need to strengthen various elements of the criminal justice system — investigation, prosecution and trials by courts — to deal with the issue of rise in the number of crimes against women.

According to the Home Ministry plan, these units may consist of 15 personnel each, preferably five of them women. The states will have “full flexibility” on whether to create new posts or to designate from the existing strength. 

Each unit will be headed by an officer of the rank of Additional Superintendent of Police and assisted by two DSPs. Of the total 2,250 personnel required for the 150 IUCAWs, 750 will be women. 

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