Special Cell For Crime Against Women In Odisha
The Odisha police has decided to launch a new, dedicated ‘crimes against women’ cell for better supervision into the cases that deal specifically with women. The cell will be functioning under the State’s Crime Branch.
BK Sharma, DGP Odisha Police, said that the cell would be headed by either an Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) or a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP). “We have drawn the role and responsibility of the cell. It will monitor all Red Flag Category cases registered in police stations across the State”, he said.
The cell will ensure prompt investigation and closure of rape cases within a maximum of 60 days. It was noted by the top brass that several districts had not shown compliance with regards to the submission of the final form required in rape cases within the stipulated period of sixty days, as per the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 2018.
The cell will also encourage the use of new technology such as DNA evidence, cyber and mobile forensics amongst the police personnel. It will supervise cases dealing with acid attacks as well as reports of dowry-related deaths, and look into grievances and petitions received from various authorities pertaining to offences against women.
The inauguration of this dedicated cell comes at a time when the State police are grappling with an onslaught of crimes against women. Between 2017 and 2018, the number of reported rape cases shot up by almost 13%. Meanwhile, the number of dowry-related deaths was placed at 501 in 2018, a marginal increase compared to 499 in the previous year.