The Hubli-Dharwad Police Commissionerate plans to have counselling cells at its women's police station, following an increase in the number of cases of domestic disputes being registered in the twin cities.

Police Commissioner K. Ramachandra Rao told presspersons here on Thursday that the proposed cells would have legal experts, members of non-governmental organisations and trained counsellors.

Mr. Rao said there was already a counselling centre in Dharwad to address issues concerning women and children, but in Hubli, it was found that the staff of the only women's police station were overburdened with work, and were unable to take up counselling.

“So, we plan to set up two or three counselling cells so that experts can counsel couples and their families to sort out differences through mediation,” he said.

Crime statistics

As per statistics, 56 cases of cruelty by the husband or a relative of the husband were registered in 2011, compared to 45 in 2010 and 52 in 2009. As many as 13 cases of murder of women and four dowry deaths were reported in 2011.

  • Counselling cells to be set up at the women's police station in Hubli

  • Legal experts, NGOs and trained counsellors to be part of it