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VIJAYAWADA, AUG. 6. A "Women Protection Cell" to offer counselling for couples facing marital dispute was inaugurated at the Police Commissioner's office here on Friday by the Metropolitan Sessions Judge, B.Siva Sankar.
The cell which would function under the control of the City Crime Records Bureau (CCRB) has a "Family Counselling Centre" with the sub- inspector of the Mahila police station, representatives of NGOs working for the cause of women, and a panel of retired police officials of the rank of deputy superintendent of police providing the necessary counselling to the couples.
Speaking to reporters after the inauguration, the Police Commissioner, T. Krishna Prasad, said the commissionerate every day on an average had been receiving four complaints of marital dispute. Most of these complaints could be sorted out through counselling instead of resorting to the extreme step of judicial separation."The idea is to build homes and not break", Mr. Prasad said.
He said once a complaint was received, the cell would offer the necessary counselling to the disputing couples to settle the dispute.
Every effort would be made by the cell to prevent couples from entering into a litigation. However, if even after the counselling the couple insisted on filing the case it would be forwarded to the Mahila police station which would register a case and transfer it to the jurisdictional police station. If the counselling failed, the cell would also provide "pre-litigation counselling" to the couples on the legal procedures to be adopted for future action.
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