The launching of a novel initiative called “Women in Need (WIN)” by the city police chief in Visakhapatnam to provide an instant solution to a woman in distress, especially those who are not able to approach a police station or those whose complaints need not be of cognizable nature will indeed a good step in the right direction. Manish Kumar Sinha, Commissioner of Police, Visakhapatnam said on several occasions most women do not approach the police station or other grievance redressal forums because of personal inhibitions and to keep their identities secret.
It’s a known fact and observed many times, women who approach police stations, most of them do not come with a detailed complaint, which makes it difficult to confirm a cognizable offense. Towards this end, the “Women in Need” forum has been created to address non-cognizable cases and officers from various departments have been roped in to listen to such women, counsel them and try to resolve their dispute or issue, he said.
Stating further, Mr. Sinha said there is a dire need to create a system to lighten the investigative load on police stations. Staff from the revenue department, GVMC, and police department will be part of the forum. M.V. Ramana Kumari, CDPO in ICDS project urban-I will represent the Revenue, Chandrika deputy project officer from GVMC and ACP Disha Police Station Prem Kajal will represent the police. Additional DCP Ajitha Vejendla of SEB will assist and guide the forum. The forum members will be present in Room No.15 in Swarna Bharathi stadium on all Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., from December 10.
Explaining the finer details on what type of complaints a woman can approach the WIN Forum, the CP said that broadly they can approach with family disputes such as disputes between husband and wife, relationship issues between friends, acquaintances, and partners, and situations where a woman feels harassed. Complaints can also be mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and for emergencies call 100 or 181.
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