The NRI women Safety Cell of Telangana Police has been credited with several successes during its one-year tenure. Formed as part of the Women Safety Wing a year ago on July 17, 2019 by the Director General of Police Mahender Reddy, the NRI Cell has succeeded in resolving at least 101 cases it has received till date.
The NRI cell mostly deals with the marital cases where NRI spouses and their relatives are cited as accused. This cell guides and supports the victims or complainants who have registered Domestic Violence, under Sec. 498 (A), Dowry Prohibition act related cases on NRI spouses in various police stations across Telangana.
According to the details available, out of the 101 cases it has received, 96 petitions were already registered in various Police Stations. In 5 cases, LOCs against NRI spouses or their relatives were executed, in 6 cases, passports of the NRI accused were impounded, in 4 cases, both parties are taking steps towards either reunion or separation out of the court, explains the Additional DGP Swathi Lakra.
It may not be out of place to mention here that Swathi Lakra, the senior IPS officer of 1995 batch has put her heart and soul in setting up the much-acclaimed Women Safety Wing, popularly known as SHE Teams along with her other colleagues. Thanks to her untiring efforts, the Women’s Wing had succeeded in winning people’s confidence especially from women folk.
“The specific SOPs have been developed to guide the complainants who approach NRI Cell Women Safety Wing who also collaborates with important stakeholders i.e. IOs, external agencies like Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs etc., to ensure that the cases are taken to their logical end” said Swati Lakra.
This cell also maintains liaison with the stakeholders like, 17 SHOs of Women Police Stations, Interpol, CID, National Commission for Women, New Delhi, Ministry of Home Affairs and External Affairs, New Delhi, Special Chief Secretary (Political), GAD, (NRI Depart), Telangana State, Regional Passport Officer, Ministry of External Affairs, Telangana State, Secunderabad, Consulate General, Embassies of Foreign countries and NGOs of USA and UK to take the cases forward.
She further informs that this cell collects the data of marital cases registered against NRI spouses or relatives and analyses it. As per the data collected there are about 600 cases registered against NRI spouses and relatives and about 450 LOCs are initiated against NRI Spouses and are in force. This cell reviews the cases and monitors the progress of the LOCs against the accused, she added.
Trainings, Workshops and Webinars are also being conducted regularly to Station House Officers, Investigating Officers, Public Prosecutors and Complainants on how to deal with the cases related to NRI marriages and discuss the procedures to be followed in the NRI marital cases. A Booklet to this effect was also released by the DGP to create awareness among them which includes statistics of NRI cases, case studies, FAQs and information on help desk etc.
Narrating their experiences, the spouse of an NRI Jeevanige says “due to the NRI cell, my confidence got a boost in my tough time and my husband came to India from abroad. His passport was deposited in the court. I am very thankful to NRI Cell”. Similarly, there were many such victims who were happy with the services of NRI Cell including Vinod Reddy, Pragnya and Vaishnavi. All they wish is NRI Cell to continue repose confidence among those womenfolk in distress.