All-woman teams to stop misuse of dowry law in Maharashtra
The state government is all set to curb the misuse of women protection laws.
According to a recent circular issued by the state, special women teams will be set up at all police stations to investigate cases of section 498 (A) of the IPC, which defines the offence of matrimonial cruelty.
The government resolution states that investigation in a case should start only after a written complaint is submitted by the victim. The complaint has to be dealt by a women officer with the help of other female constables.
The idea is that the victims will feel comfortable dealing with women officers. Also, this will ensure that innocent people are not becoming victims of baseless allegations.
The circular directs the police to bring both parties together and try to understand their problems. Also, the accused have to be given prior notice before arrest.
There are apprehensive about the success of the move as there are few women personnel in the force.