Assam Police Launches Women’s Cells In 10 Districts

Assam, one of the highest rates of female-on-female crime, has established “Special Cells for Women and Community Approaches” at ten police stations.

In the districts of Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Sonitpur, Nagaon, Kamrup (Rural), Karbi Anglong, Cachar, Barpeta, Kokrajhar, and Dhubri, special cells have been established.

These Special Cells will be manned by social workers, counsellors, and state coordinators from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), which signed an MoU with the Government of Assam, represented by the Assam Police, Home Department, and Department of Social Welfare. Experienced and experienced counsellors have been chosen, and they have received specific training.

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Within the criminal court system, these individual cells will provide a haven for women to receive emotional and social assistance from trained full-time social workers who will provide excellent psychological, social, and legal services.

The needs and concerns of violence survivors will be addressed in a supportive setting. These Special Cells will be based on the districts’ Sadar Police Stations.

TISS has also teamed up with the US Agency for International Development’s MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership: India-Yash, directed by Jhpiego, and the Child in Need Institute (CINI) to run these individual cells over two years.

Director-General of Police BJ Mahanta, speaking at the event, said that the Assam Police Department is committed to combating crime against women and children and gender-based violence.

He also emphasized the need for a multidisciplinary strategy to combat this threat, saying that police, NGOs, the Social Welfare Department, the Home Department, and other stakeholders must collaborate to solve the problem.