Assam police has Special Cells for Women & Community Approach. Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) will be manning these Special Cells.

Director General of Police, Assam Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta, has formally launched the “Special Cells for Women & Community Approach” in Assam for 10 police stations, one each in Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Sonitpur, Nagaon, Kamrup (Rural), Karbi Anglong, Cachar, Barpeta, Kokrajhar and Dhubri districts.

Assam police stated the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) which signed a MoU with Government of Assam represented by Assam Police, Home Department and Department of Social Welfare will be manning these Special Cells through Social Workers, Counsellors and State Coordinators. Experienced and trained Councilors have been selected and specialized training has been imparted to them.

Special Cells will create space for women to receive emotional and social support through quality psychological, social and legal services from professional full-time social workers, within the criminal justice system (CJS) framework.

“The violence survivor’s needs and concerns are addressed within a facilitative environment. These Special Cells will operate from Sadar Police Stations of the above districts. The TISS has further collaborated with US Agency for International Development’s MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership: India-Yash led by Jhpiego and Child in Need Institute (CINI) to operate these special cells for a period of 2 years,” the police stated.

Mahanta said Assam has assured that Assam Police is determined to fight against Crime against Women and Children and effectively combat the gender-based violence. He also stressed the need for a multidisciplinary approach to tackle this menace; police, NGOs, Social Welfare Department and Home Department and other stakeholders need to work together to address the issue.

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