WOMEN PROTECTION CELL
UNITS IN WPC
- The WPC is headed by IGP.
- The SP, WPC coordinates the activities of the wings in the WPC.
- There are three wings in WPC:
- Crime Against Women wing
- Crime Against Children wing
- Anti-Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU)
CRIME AGAINST WOMEN
- This cell deals with all crimes against women: IPC and Special Laws
- Cases are registered in CID on the directions of the High Court, on being referred by the DGP, and on the gravity
of offence and sensational nature of case.
- The cases are mostly related to 498A IPC and Dowry Prohibition Act and also rape.
ACTIVITIES OF WOMEN WING UNIT
- This wing is involved in preparing proposals for new laws, amendments to existing laws and formulation of policies.
- We had sent proposals for the Nirbhaya Act, amendments to the ITP Act, and also for victim compensation scheme
and regulation on sale of acids.
- It acts as liaison between various departments/NGOs, Women Commissions etc. for issues related to women.
- It participates in and also arranges seminars and workshops on gender issues.
- The wing issues directions and circulars for the guidance of unit officers in dealing with cases of Crime Against
- It also prepares standard operating procedures (SOPs) for dealing with Crime Against Women to have uniformity
in procedures, especially when a new law is enacted.
- It also initiates GOs on issues relating to crime against women.
RECENT ACTIVITIES OF THE WOMEN UNIT
- Preparation of posters on various Crimes Against Women like stalking, acid attack, ragging, dowry related crimes
like 498A, 304B, Indecent Representation of Women Act and Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act etc. and to display
it in colleges and public places like bus stops etc.
ACTIVITIES OF CRIME AGAINST CHILDREN UNIT
- The children wing is headed by an inspector.
- It issues guidelines to the unit officers on investigation of Crime Against Children.
- It prepares standard operating procedures (SOPs) for Crime Against Children.
- The main focus of this cell is on abandoned and missing children.
- It maintains liaison with the Women and Child Welfare Department on issues related to Crime Against Children.
- It is concerned with creating awareness among public on Crime Against Children.
RECENT ACTIVITIES OF CRIME AGAINST CHILDREN UNIT
- In view of the focus on children due to the Bachpan Bachao Andolan headed by the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Kailash
Satyarthi, and the Supreme Court directions on missing children, the focus has now shifted to tracing missing
- The children wing monitors the trackchild portal where all the details of missing children any where in India
are uploaded along with photograph.
- It is now laisoning with the unit officers and monitoring the uploading of the cases of missing children from
all the police stations.
- This programme was launched from 1st january, 2015 for a period of one month.
- The children unit is now monitoring the implementation in the districts.
- An orientation programme was conducted for the teams constituted for this purpose, by creating awareness on POCSO
Act and Juvenile Justice Act.
- They were given guidelines on how to trace the children and to unite them with their parents, through the child
welfare committee, and also to upload the details of the missing children on the trackchild portal.
- During “Operation Smile”, 2552 children were rescued. 322 children were repatriated to Bihar, 57 children were
repatriated to West Bengal and 4 children were repatriated to U.P. As per CWC orders 3 girls and 10 boys
of Bihar, 1 boy of Rajasthan, 2 boys of Karnataka, 4 boys of Chhattisgarh and 5 boys of Telangana were handed
over to the parents at Hyderabad.23 cases were registered against the accused as per Section 370, 374 IPC,
Section 26, Juvenile Justice Act, 2000, & Sections 16, 17, 18 of The Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act
- Another dedicated campaign “Operation Muskaan” was conducted from 01-07-2015 to 31-07-2015 in Telangana State.
- During the operation 2,729 children were rescued (2254 boys and 475 girls) and 1108 children (868 boys and 240
girls) were restored to their parents. 1621 children (1386 Boys and 235 Girls) were sent to rescue Homes
across the Telangana State.
- 8 minor girls (Telangana 6 and Maharashtra 2) trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation were also rescued
in an inter State operation conducted at Chandrapur, Maharashtra State by CID, TS.
- Total 5531 children (4173 Boys and 1358 Girls) have been rescued and 2966 children (2125 Boys and 841 Girls)
have been restored to their parents in Telangana State.
- In the process of ‘Operation Smile-II’ programme Telangana police conducted raid on Bangle making units, Brick
industries, Hotels, Tea Stalls, Shopping malls and rescued 741 children and 448 cases booked under Child
Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986, Bonded labour system (abolition) Act: 1976 and Juvenile Justice
- 57 missing children were traced in 46 FIRs in the entire Telangana State during the “Operation Smile-II” program.
CREATING AWARENESS ON CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
- In November 2014, the CID took up a programme on creating awareness on Child Sexual Abuse among the school principals,
counsellors and parents and also made the children aware on the how to deal with Child Sexual Abuse if it
happens to them.
- A massive rally with about 7 to 8 thousand children from 9th to 12th classes was taken out from people’s plaza
to Jala Vihar which culminated with showing film on CSA and taking of pledge to have zero tolerance to CSA.
- Kits were prepared with posters, audio CDs, manuals for parents, teachers and school managements and workbook
for children and distributed to all the schools in Hyderabad and Cyberabad Commissionerates.
- In the first phase, only the English medium schools were covered as the material was available in English.
- In the second phase, the material has been translated into Telugu and the schools in the districts are being
- A programme of training of trainers was organized in Hyderabad for counsellors in schools on how to deal with
the child who is a victim of CSA, and how to recognize signs of CSA in a child.
ANTI HUMAN TRAFFICKING UNIT
- The AHTU is headed by a DSP and consists of a team of 2 Inspectors, 2 SIs, 2 HCs and 2 PCs.
- There are 3 AHTUs in Telangana, one in CID, Hyderabad and the others in Karimnagar and Warangal.
- The AHTU is concerned with prevention of trafficking, collection of information on trafficking and conducting
rescue and rehabilitation of the victims.
- The terminology used is rescue and not raid, victim not prostitute or accused.
- It is the organizers of brothel houses, pimps, procurers who are the accused who should be punished.
- The MHA monitors the functioning of the AHTUs and sanctions funds for establishing new AHTUs and issues guidelines
for the effective functioning of the AHTUs all over India.
- a web portal was launched in February, 2014 wherein the information on all traffickers along with their photographs
could be uploaded for access by all the AHTUs.
ACTIVITIES OF AHTU, CID
- The Addl. DGP, CID is the nodal officer for the AHTUs of the state.
- he AHTU works with NGOs in prevention of trafficking through awareness programmes among the vulnerable sections.
- It also maintains liaison with the aids control society for the rehabilitation of the victims of trafficking
and for prevention of trafficking with the help of sex workers.
- The AHTU has collected the details of traffickers along with their photos to maintain a database of traffickers.
- It has mapped the trafficking prone areas.
- The AHTU also conducts rescue operations based on information.
- During February, 2014 a rescue operation was conducted in Pune city based on the directions of the Lokayukta.
- A case was registered at Vijayawada Mahila PS, as it was reported that girls from Vijayawada and Guntur were
being forced in to the flesh trade.
- A team of cid officers, Vijayawada Police, Prajwala NGO and Women And Child Welfare Department officials was
formed for the operation.
- 45 victims including 10 minors were rescued 12 traffickers were arrested during the rescue operation and produced
before the magistrate.
- Prominent raids organized by CID, during the year 2015, include interstate raids at Chandrapur of Maharastra,
Kurnool of A.P. and Hyderabad of Telangana State.
- In Chandrapur of Maharastra 42 traffickers were arrested and 39 victims were rescued. The provisions of PD Act
were invoked against 3 accused.
- Similarly at Kurnool of AP 12 traffickers were arrested and 10 victims were rescued and proposals for invoking
the provisions of PD Act were sent against 5 accused who were arrested at Kurnool.
- In an operation conducted in Hyderabad of Telangana State 5 traffickers belonging to West Bengal were arrested
and 2 victims belonging to Bangladesh and 2 victims from West Bengal were rescued.