Sindh IG issues orders to upgrade women, child protection cells

Published: October 23, 2019
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Women constables at a ladies desk in Batgram. PHOTO: NNI

Women constables at a ladies desk in Batgram. PHOTO: NNI

KARACHI: Sindh Inspector-General (IG) Syed Kaleem Imam directed to set up women desks at all police stations in the province and develop software to register complaints at women and child protection cells, while presiding over a meeting on Tuesday.

The session was held to review the success of women and child protection cells, discuss the challenges posed to these units and deliberate over a future strategy to run them.

As the session progressed, the participants of the meeting were apprised about the details of the complaints registered at women and child protection cells, as well as steps taken for their redressal. They were informed that in Sindh, 20 complaints have been reported from Karachi, of which 18 have been addressed and one is being dealt with.

The meeting was further briefed that 1,364 complaints were reported from Hyderabad, of which 1,305 have been addressed and 59 are being tackled, and 862 complaints were received from Sukkur, out of which 782 have been redressed and 80 are being dealt with.

It was also shared during the conference that all of the six cases reported from Shaheed Benazirabad have been resolved and 26 complaints, of the 28 received from other regions in the province, too have been addressed while remaining two are still being dealt with.

Moreover, it was also communicated to the participants of the meeting that 11 complaints were reported at women and child protection cells from outside Sindh, of which 10 have been addressed and the one is being dealt with.

Gender imbalance in Punjab police creating problems

On being apprised of the details, IG Imam directed to establish women desks at all police stations in Sindh. Besides, he also instructed that software should be developed for registering complaints and managing other affairs at women and child protection units. These cells are to be operated and monitored from CPO offices, the IG said while speaking at the meeting.

The participants of the session also discussed the possibility of setting up an emergency helpline at women and child protection cells.

Concluding the meeting, the Sindh police chief announced the provision of mobile vans to women and child protection units at district level, as well as a reward of Rs10,000 for each of the women in-charges of the cells for their good performance. Appreciating them, the IG said, “your prompt response in times of trouble is the actual way to serve humanity.”

Addressing drug menace

Meanwhile, in another meeting, presided over by Sindh Chief Secretary Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah, it was decided that the capacity of drug rehabilitation centres will be increased through the provision of funds and medicines, as well as by appointing more doctors and psychiatrists.

Addressing the meeting, Shah said that police, Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) and other relevant departments are taking necessary measures to eradicate the menace of drugs and stressed the “dire need to rehabilitate those, whose youth has been marred by the use of drugs.” Shah said that the provincial government will provide all necessary facilities to the rehabilitation centres so that the capacity of these recovery units can be increased and more drug addicts can get treatment. 

Published in The Express Tribune, October 23rd, 2019.

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