Crimes against women and children wing of Odisha police registers first case – Reuters

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By Express press service

BHUBANESWAR: The Crime Against Women & Children (CAW&CW) wing, which was established last year, recorded its first case of alleged sexual assault on a disabled minor in Keonjhar district on Monday. The victim from the village of Siriabahal is deaf, mute and mentally handicapped. His brother filed a complaint at the Telkoi district police station on Saturday.

Given the sensitivity of the crime and the fact that the victim has different abilities, CAW&CW, under the direction of the Crime Branch, took over the investigation of the case. “The case will be investigated by a team led by DSP Iman Kalyan Nayak. Necessary and prompt action will be taken in this regard,” said CAW&CW ADG Rekha Lohani.

The objectives of this special wing are to oversee the investigation and supervision of special cases related to women and children in addition to investigating other sensitive crimes. The Special Wing will study trends and patterns in all categories of crimes against women and children across the state to develop strategies for the detection, prosecution, and prevention of these crimes and to develop strategies for improved counseling to deal with victims as well as juvenile offenders.

It will also monitor investigations into specific major cases of crimes against women and children to ensure successful prosecutions. The CAW&CW office became operational at the premises of the State Forensic Science Laboratory (SFSL) in Rasulgarh in February.

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