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Extra cover for women

A section of the criminal investigation department (CID), in the wake of the Delhi gang rape, has issued guidelines to senior police officers to prevent such incidents in the state.

The weaker section of the CID deals with cases of atrocities against people belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST).

Inspector-general (IG) (weaker section), CID, Arvind Pandey shot off letters to all the inspectors-general of police (IGs) and deputy inspectors-general (DIGs) on December 26, 2012, asking them to deploy women policemen in plain clothes at public places to prevent such incidents.

The letter, a copy of which is in the possession of The Telegraph, said the Supreme Court guidelines to check incidents of eve-teasing must be followed and the steps taken for that must be intimated to the CID. The IG’s letter, a copy of which was also sent to the joint secretary of the state government, stressed the need of installing closed-circuit television cameras at public places so that culprits of such offences could be easily identified and brought to book at the earliest. It also spoke of setting up women’s help line in all districts for victims of eve-teasing and making them operational with the help of the welfare department (directorate) within three months. The personnel manning the women’s help line would assist the victims in lodging complaints about the offence at the nearest police station, it said. “In a few districts, women’s help line are functional but are insufficient to deal with cases of eve-teasing,” it revealed.

The IG said: “In 2012, Rs 3 crore was disbursed among victims of different sorts of atrocities in the state.” He added that Bihar has acquired the distinction of being the first state in the country in setting up separate police stations in all districts exclusively to deal with cases of atrocities against SC/STs.