Mumbai Polices recently formed special cell to investigate crimes against women has started work with three cases. The special cell is supposed to identify lacunae in the local polices probe and suggest remedial measures. Personnel of the cell have been trained by law officers.
The state government announced the cell in January this year. It was set up in March with Deputy Commissioner of Police (HQ-I) Sharda Raut at its helm. It currently has six officers and around 30 constables. More personnel are expected to be provided as the sanctioned strength for the cell is 82.
The cell currently operates out of an office in Byculla.
The training covered all aspects of investigating crimes against women. While the police station concerned remains the first investigating authority,our job is to conduct a parallel and closer investigation, said Raut.
Of the cases the cell is working on,one is rape and the others are harassment by husband and in-laws.
The victim in the rape case is a 13-year-old girl. The case was registered at Cuffe Parade police station. The accused has been arrested and is currently in judicial custody. We are examining the case papers, said an officer.
One of the harassment cases was registered at Malabar Hill police station last year,while the other was registered at Byculla police station this year.
Police said the accused in the Malabar Hill case is abroad currently,while the accused in the Byculla case has secured anticipatory bail.
After our investigation,we will send a report to our seniors,outlining the investigation by the local police and any lacunae that might come to light. We will also suggest remedial measures for the same, said the officer.