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Govt to set up 150 investigative units on crimes against women

Union Home Ministry is planning to set up 150 Investigative Units On Crimes Against Women (IUCAW) on a pilot basis, in some of the most crime-prone districts in the country to probe heinous crimes against women, including acid attacks, rape, dowry harassments, human trafficking etc.

Already a letter has been sent by the ministry to all the state Chief Ministers and MPs of Union Territories. “There is a need to strengthen various elements of the criminal justice system, namely, investigation, prosecution and trials by courts to deal with the issue of rise of crimes against women,” the letter reads.

It was learnt that the proposal to set up IUCAW in 20 per cent districts of each state on a 50:50 cost sharing basis with the states. In a statement issued by the home minister Rajnath Singh claim that the objective of the unit will be to investigate cases referred to them, augment the investigative machinery of the states in relation to the heinous crimes against women, especially rape, dowry death, acid attack and human trafficking.

“The units will also encourage women to come forward and lodge their complaint. Besides, these units will have the additional functionality of proactive policing, intelligence gathering, tackling organised crime, monitoring proper implementation of the legislative provisions, helping awareness generation and promotion of social participation in checking crimes against women,” the official statement reads. Each IUCAW will be headed by an officer of the rank of ASP assisted by 2 Deputy SP. Out of the total 2,250 personnel required for the 150 IUCAWs, 750 will be women.
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