October 18, 2021

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Total 10425 police stations have functional help desks for women: WCD ministry

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Total 10425 police stations have functional help desks for women: WCD ministry
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Total 10425 police stations have functional help desks for women: WCD ministry
Total 10425 police stations have functional help desks for women: WCD ministry

NEW DELHI: The latest data shows that women help desks have become operational in 10,425 police stations across states. With the total number of police stations in the country pitched at around 20,500, nearly 50% now have functional help desks, as per the officials of the ministry of women and child development.
The project for setting up help desks in all police stations under the Nirbhaya Fund was reviewed in a meeting of the empowered committee of officers held last week. Progress on another important project aimed at combatting the problem of human trafficking shows that 666 anti-human trafficking units have been established across districts.
Sharing an update on forensic science laboratories to overcome delays in testing of samples and bolster analysis of evidence, a WCD ministry official shared that the empowered committee (EC) of officers has appraised and recommended the proposal of ministry of home affairs for strengthening DNA analysis, cyber forensic and related facilities in Forensic Science Labs (FSLs) in Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Nagaland.
The project has an estimated cost of Rs 17.31 crore. If these four are included FSLs in 24 states/UTs in the country have been covered for strengthening DNA analysis with funding from Nirbhaya corpus. The official shared that given the importance of forensics, around Rs 306 crores are being spent on this sector. He further shared that the goal is to have one such facility in every state and UT and where the need is felt even set-up two.
He further said special rape investigation kits which were imported earlier are now being made available by domestic manufacturers for Rs 1,100. This kit, he said, was four to five times cheaper than the imported kits.

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