WHDs aimed to provide desirable increased comfort for women to approach Police: IGP Kashmir
Srinagar, Apr 23: In order to make Police Stations more women friendly and accessible, 59 Women Help Desks (WHDs) have been established across Kashmir, an official communiqué said on Friday.
According to a statement issued to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), these WHDs will be the first and single point of contact for any women walking into a Police Station and the in-charges thereof are Women Police Officials.
The officials of Women Help Desks are perfectly trained to manage any type of women related cases being registered in the Police Station.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Zone Vijay Kumar has directed these desks to be considerate and transfer the cases to the concerned and follow up the cases giving required assurance and support to the women approaching them.
He further reiterated that further necessary training, orientation and sensitization of the staff working at or in relation to Women Help Desks at Police Stations will be prioritized.
“These Women Help Desks have been established to provide desirable increased comfort for women to approach Police. The establishment of these Women Help Desks will increase in approachability of women to Police Stations for counselling and reporting any offence related to them and this will increase in confidence of women to report abuse at Police Stations.”
IGP Kashmir emphasized that these Women Help Desks will reduce response time by police to reach a situation or crisis.
It is pertinent to mention here that any person especially women in distress can Dial 112 for any emergency—