IGP for 'Anti-Women Harassment and Violence Cells' across Punjab to curb crimes against women.

LAHORE -- Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Inam Ghani Monday said that protection of women and immediate prevention of crimes against them was the top priority of Punjab Police, adding: 'It has been decided to set up Women Harassment and Violence Cells to ensure prompt registration of cases and investigation on merit in every case of crime against women.'

He directed all the regional police officers (RPOs) of the province to ensure the establishment of 'Anti-Women Harassment and Violence Cells' within a week in the districts under their administration and also launch a full-fledged publicity campaign for those special cells for public awareness.

He further said that the Punjab DIG Operations would closely monitor the establishment of Anti-Women Harassment and Violence Cells in all the districts of the province within the stipulated timeline while DIG Investigation Punjab would monitor every case registered in those cells.

He added that the DIG investigation would also monitor speedy investigation of cases so that the accused involved in gender crimes, especially the habitual offenders, could be convicted and sentenced by the courts. He further said that Anti-Women Harassment and Violence Cells would work under the supervision of City Police Officer and District Police Officer. 'In these cells, a specialised unit of Lady Police personnel will perform the duties of Victim Support Officer to provide all possible support to the affected women.'

In these cells, a unit of policewomen will provide all possible support to affected women

He further said that the Victim Support Officers would liaise with the affected women and be present with them during the investigation and trial hearing. 'They will also provide assistance to the affected women on matters related to the case during the hearing.' He further said that there would be a Victim Support Officer in each case and Victim Support Officers would be appointed on the basis of crimes related to women.

The IG Punjab further directed that appropriate telephone lines should be set up in Anti-Harassment and Violence Cells to receive phone calls and response to crime calls received from women would be ensured within 15 minutes. He issued these instructions while giving...

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