Giving “utmost priority” to checking crime against women and minors, the Uttar Pradesh Police has decided to integrate women helpline-1090, anti-romeo squad and UP-100 services apart from fast-tracking trial of cases under the POCSO Act.
”We are giving utmost priority to checking crime against women. The state already has women helpline (1090), anti-romeo squad and UP-100 services, where women can report crime against them. Now, with a view to provide immediate help to victims, we are going to integrate these three,” Director General of Police (DGP) OP Singh told PTI.
”Now anyone who wants to report their woes, can dial any of these numbers and they will get timely response. With integration of all these, better coordination will be ensured helping in reducing response time so that victims get timely help,” the DGP said.
The UP Police is committed to the security of women/girls and in cases of POCSO, it will be ensured that accused are convicted by fast-tracking such cases, the DGP said.
“We are going to fast track all POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual offences) cases in which charge sheets were submitted so that the accused are convicted. We are also sensitising the force to deal with such cases,” he said.
According to the state police data, between January 1 to March 31, 11,249 crime cases were reported against women of which there were 899 cases of rape, 502 of dowry, 2,892 of sexual harassment, 3,573 of abduction and 3,135 cases of atrocities on women.
The crime pattern shows that in eight out of 10 rape or kidnapping cases, women had been assaulted by their acquaintances and not strangers, the DGP said, adding that state police regularly reviews status of crime against women and girls.
FIRs registered under IPC sections amounting to rape or rape bid, kidnapping or abduction of women, dowry death, sexual harassment, obscenity, cruelty by husband or relatives or harassment over dowry among other charges are being reviewed to initiate measures to check such incidents, the DGP added.