Itanagar:  Crime against women has dropped significantly in the Arunachal Pradesh capital since last year after setting up of the first all-women police station here.

The police station was established here on June last year with minimum infrastructure to deal with cases relating to crime against women.

Setting up of women police station in all district headquarters of the state was approved by the state cabinet during 2012 and subsequently passed in the state assembly.

“Crime against women has dropped in the jurisdiction of the police station,” first officer in-charge Inspector Chukhu Nanu Bui told PTI.

Charge sheets in 86 and final reports in 20 cases of the total 123 cases registered till date have been submitted, amounting to 70 per cent cases being solved.

The cases from other districts are referred to respective police stations, she said.

The cases ranged from domestic violence to kidnapping, murder, rape and cheating with the promise of marriage, besides harassment by husband.

Besides tackling crimes, the police station attends to calls round-the-clock, offers counselling to women in distress and seeks help from Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women, the OC said.

“The performance of the maiden station is appreciable despite lack of required strength and vehicles,” state Home Minister Tanga Byaling said.

“Our priority will be to establish more such stations in all the district headquarters in a phased manner soon,” the minister said.

Besides the OC, the police station  has seven sub-inspectors, a sergeant and 36 constables, of whom 30 per cent remain on leave.

Only a lone old Gypsy is in running condition, while another is in the garage. Private vehicles are also used since a large area falls under the jurisdiction of the police station.

“The station, the first in the entire North East, set up at the initiative of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, deserves adequate attention before setting up of such station in each district headquarters as announced by the state government,” Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women chairperson Gumri Ringu said.

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