Meghalaya to have separate women police stations
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 08, 2009, 13:33
Shillong: Meghalaya government will set up separate women police stations to deal exclusively with crimes against women, an official release said on Thursday.

The existing women police cells functioning in seven district headquarters will be upgraded to police stations with immediate effect and these will work under jurisdiction of the respective SP, it said.

The Crime Against Women (CAW) cell in the CID will monitor the work of the women police stations while respective district SPs will send regular monthly reports to the CID.

Cases would be initially registered with the local police station and after preliminary procedures, the cases would be transferred to the women police stations for investigation and prosecution, the release said.

These police stations can investigate cases under categories of rape, molestation, abduction, eve-teasing, murder for dowry by burning or other means, attempt to murder for dowry, cruelty by husband/relatives, abetment to suicide and then prosecute, it said.

The women police stations will also investigate cases under the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act, indecent representation of women (as per provisions of Women Prohibition Act) and cases of missing children.

There have been 200 rape and 47 attempted rape cases between 2001-2008 in Meghalaya, which is ruled by matrilineal society. The crimegraph against women spurted with 274 incidents in 2007, the release added.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, October 08, 2009, 13:33

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