Mizoram home minister Lalchamliana inaugurating the all-women police station in Aizawl Credit: EastMojo image

Aizawl: Mizoram home minister Lalchamliana on Friday inaugurated an all-women police station, the first of its kind in the state, official sources said.

Simultaneously, the home minister also launched the ‘Mizoram Safety’ mobile application and traffic e-challan system, two new initiatives undertaken by the government to improve and upgrade policing service in the state.

Speaking on the occasion, Lalchamliana praised and congratulated state police for their unending endeavour to serve the people in most effective, efficient and public-friendly way.

He lauded the DGP of the state SBK Singh for spearheading the new intitiatives which became operational on Friday.

The home minister said that the newly-inaugurated women police station will serve the purpose of checking crime against women and children.

He said that efforts are on to open similar women police stations in other districts of the state.

According to the minister, the government is also taking measures to recruit women constables as much as possible. He said that women constituted 7% of the state police. He also expressed hope that the Mizoram safety mobile application and traffic e-challan would cater to the needs of the people.

The all-women police station for Aizawl district is the first of its kind in the state and is located within Aizawl police station complex. It is designed to cater to the needs of residents of Aizawl district and will be under the administrative control of Investigative Unit of Crime Against Women (IUCAW).

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The women police station will be manned by women staff consisting of officers and constables and will deal exclusively with cases related to crime against women and children.

The ‘Mizoram Safety’ app is an Android application software designed in collaboration with state’s information and communications (ICT) department for the general public so as to enable any person to easily and quickly contact the police in times of need.

This web-based application is available on Google Play store.

The traffic e-challan system is a comprehensive digital solution for traffic enforcement system delivered through an Android-based mobile application and web portal.

It aims at improving service access and transparency in the system. The system is integrated with VAHAN and Sarathi applications and provides a number of users-friendly features, covering all major functionalities of traffic enforcement system such as on-the spot challan system and payment, ease of operations for traffic policemen, improved transparency and visibility in operations, efficient monitoring, among others.

On July 19, Mizoram opened its first women’s prison at Tanhril on the outskirts of Aizawl.

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