Complaint units for women set up at police stations -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Complaint units for women set up at police stations

ISLAMABAD: The capital police have established three ladies complaint units (LCUs) at different police stations to ensure speedy justice to women victims of violence.

A formal inaugural ceremony was held here at Industrial Area police station on Wednesday.

Gender Audit of Police Organisations, a project of Gender Responsive Policing (GRP), was also launched.

German Ambassador Michael Koch was the chief guest at the ceremony. IG Islamabad Syed Kaleem Imam was also present on the occasion.

The ambassador inaugurated the LCU at Industrial area police station and congratulated all the technical cooperation partners–National Police Bureau, the police organizations and GTZ — on the achievement.

The LCUs in Industrial Area, Margalla and Women police stations were pilot projects.

The German ambassador, Dr Michael Koch, said that the LCUs would help women access police stations and lodge complaints of violence besides interacting with women police officers.

IGP Imam on the occasion said that Islamabad Police had fulfilled their commitment of establishing LCUs and a Gender Crime Unit in Ramna police post.

He said that women police staff was posted in the units to facilitate women complainants especially victims of violence and provide them assistance without a fear of being intimidated.

LCUs will establish links with the available service providers to facilitate victims to get free legal aid, counseling and shelter services.

These units will also keep liaison with the community to sensitise them about the issue of violence against women and give them information about the units.
Source: Dawn
Date:9/30/2010