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  • Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) organised the National Conference on Women in Police and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) in New Delhi.
  • It was inaugurated by the Union Minister for Women And Child Development.

Key Points

  • The main objective of the National Conference was to discuss and deliberate on the following two themes:
    • Cyber Stalking and Bullying of Women: Steps for Protection
    • Challenges faced by CAPF Women in Operational Areas
  • Few important issues related to women in Police which were highlighted during the conference are:
    • Workplace harassment besides cyber crime.
    • Society should not look at the working women with bias and hold the performance of men to be the only benchmark for success.
    • Training of members of the Child Welfare Committees (CWC).
    • The need to train more female forensic investigators and cyber crime experts.
    • BPR&D was also advised to make an SoP for “One Stop Centre for Women”.
  • To commemorate this event, a hand-out – “BPR&D Mirror – Gender Benders” was released, which stated the recent initiatives taken by BPR&D to promote Woman Safety.

Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D)

  • The Government of India established the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D), under the Ministry of Home Affairs in the 1970s.
  • It replaced the Police Research and Advisory Council (1966), with the primary objective of modernization of police force.
  • In 1995 the Government of India decided to entrust issues relating to Correctional Administration Work to the BPR&D.
    • Thereby BPR&D has to ensure the implementation of prison reforms as well.
  • The Government of India further decided to create a National Police Mission under the administrative control of BPR&D to transform the police forces in the country.
  • Recently, BPR&D observed its 50th foundation day.

Child Welfare Committees (CWC)

  • The Child Welfare Committee (CWC) is constituted under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015. It is the sole authority to deal with matters concerning children in need of care and protection.
  • The Committee is constituted for each district or group of districts.

Source: PIB