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NCW to be given powers to arrest?

Government is mulling giving punitive powers to arrest, search and seize to NCW. (Source: Reuters) Government is mulling giving punitive powers to arrest, search and seize to NCW. (Source: Reuters)
Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Posted: July 3, 2014 11:00 am

Government is mulling giving punitive powers to arrest, search and seize to National Commission for Women (NCW) in matters of domestic violence, police apathy and sexual harassment at work place and plans to extend NCW’s jurisdiction to Jammu and Kashmir.

The Ministry of Women and Child Devlopment has prepared a Cabinet note which proposes that the jurisdiction of NCW should be extended to the Jammu and Kashmir, sources in WCD ministry said.

In matters of domestic violence, police apathy and sexual harassment at work place, the Ministry has proposed to give NCW the power to investigate, search, seize, issue warrant and arrest, they said.

A Director General of Police (DGP) rank official will assist NCW in the investigations.

“The extension of jurisdiction has been proposed so that the women victims in the state (J&K )could have a forum for redressal,” a senior official said.

According to the note, NCW will also have some CrPC powers.

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