After hand-picking teams of police to train them to tackle child abuse cases, now a special unit of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) has been formed at all the 94 police stations in the city. The special unit of POCSO will comprise four officers and four constables including Women Police Constable (WPC).
“Government’s schemes related to POCSO Act have been briefed to all the officers who underwent training. The team of eight policemen including four officers and four constables viz one Police Inspector (PI), one Assistant PI, two Police Sub-Inspectors (PSI) and four constables including women will be the part of the POCSO unit at each police stations.
“The roster of these officers will be made to ensure that at least one member of the POCSO unit is present at police station. With the formation of POCSO unit at all the police stations, the detection as well as conviction rates are expected to go up,” said a senior officer from Mumbai police.
According to National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) data, total 59,072 cases under Sections of POCSO Act were registered in 2016 in Mumbai. The corresponding data for 2015 and 2014 were 66,676 and 59,838 respectively. Based on incidence/ percentage share in 2016, Mumbai ranked third after Delhi and Bengaluru.