Cuttack: Hours after Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik directed Odisha Police to keep an eye of habitual offenders of domestic violence cases in the State, DGP Abhay directed cops to consider domestic violence cases on high priority.
Amid the lockdown, victims of domestic violence need not to visit police station. A complainant can call the Helpline telephone number of police station and district control room. After receiving the call, police will reach the spot/home to collect complaints/FIR and take necessary action, a statement issued by Odisha Police mentioned.
Victims of domestic violence can also approach police through Odisha Police Citizen Portal and Sahayata Mobile app.
Though so far there is no noticeable increase in reporting of such cases, DGP asked the officials to remain alert.
He also directed that all cases of the domestic violence during lockdown period should be investigated by an officer not below the rank of Sub Inspector of police under the supervision of an officer of rank of DSP or above.
The Investigation Unit for Crime against Women (IUCAW) of districts has been also asked to remain extra alert and active during lockdown period.