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Good counsel: Superintendent of Police R. Dhinakaran addressing a meeting in Palayamkottai on Friday.
Good counsel: Superintendent of Police R. Dhinakaran addressing a meeting in Palayamkottai on Friday.

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“Purpose of establishing women police stations was defeated on many occasions due to indifferent approach”

“Success rate of women police stations not good”

“Never arrive at premeditated and hasty decisions”

TIRUNELVELI: Policemen, particularly women police personnel, should give a patient hearing to the ordeals of domestic violence victims and treat them empathetically to arrive at an amicable solution for both sides so that the public confidence on the law-enforcers would increase substantially, the Superintendent of Police, Tirunelveli, R. Dhinakaran, has said.

Inaugurating an awareness programme for police officers on ‘Domestic Violence (Prevention) Act, 2005’ here on Friday, Dr. Dhinakaran said that the State Government, which had established over 200 all-woman police stations across the State, had appointed a woman sub-inspector and two woman constables in every police station with the objective of serving the fairer sex in the best possible manner.

However, in reality, the very purpose of the establishment of women police stations was being defeated on several occasions owing to an indifferent approach of the police personnel, and the success rate was below 50 per cent.

Proactive policing

“This is a serious problem that needs to be addressed through proactive policing. Patient hearing to the problems of women victims, meaningful dialogue and proper counselling of the parties involved would render positive results.”

“Always try to arrive at a compromise as the Indian family fabric is a highly delicate structure. Never arrive at premeditated and hasty decisions,” Dr. Dhinakaran said.

Eye on schools

The women police must have a watchful eye on schools and colleges under their jurisdiction and establish their sources in the educational institutions and monitor in plainclothes the people suspiciously moving around in these places. It would help them avert harassment of women in public places.

The District Social Welfare Officer, S. Uma Devi, who is the ‘Protection Officer’ designated under the ‘Domestic Violence (Prevention) Act, 2005,’ appealed to the police officers to ensure social, physical and economic protection of victims of domestic violence.

The special secretary, Tamil Nadu State Women’s Commission, Bhagirathi Ramanathan; the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, Tirunelveli, Uma; and many women police inspectors and sub-inspectors attended the programme.

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