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Special Units to Probe Crime Against Women
Jan 12, 2015

The Centre has proposed to set up 150 special investigative units on a pilot basis, in some of the most crime-prone districts in the country to probe grievous offences against women, particularly rape, dowry harassments, acid attacks and human trafficking.

Key Features

  • The Investigative Units on Crimes Against Women (IUCAW) will be set up on a pilot basis in most crime-prone districts of each state.

  • The initial plan is to cover 20 percent of districts of each state at an annual expenditure of Rs. 84 crore.

  • Centre would bear 50 per cent (Rs. 42 crore) of the annual cost.

  • These units may consist of 15 personnel each, preferably five of them women. The states will have full flexibility on whether to create new posts or to designate from the existing strength.

  • Each unit will be headed by an officer of the rank of Additional Superintendent of Police and assisted by two DSPs.

  • Of the total 2,250 personnel required for the 150 IUCAWs, 750 will be women.

  • These units will have the additional functionality of proactive policing, intelligence gathering, tackling organised crime, monitoring proper implementation of the legislative provisions, helping awareness generation and promotion of social participation in checking crimes against women.

  • The objective of these units will be to investigate cases referred to them, augment the investigative mechanism of the states in relation to the heinous crimes against women, especially rape, dowry death, acid attack and human trafficking.


The Investigative Units on Crimes Against Women (IUCAW) would be deployed in India’s 29 states with the aim of strengthening the criminal justice system by conducting thorough probes, leading to stronger prosecutions and higher convictions.


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