Punjab decides to set up Rape Investigation Units (RIUs) at all police stations to protect women, children

The units will be appointing Investigation Officers (IOs), who would only focus on the duties under RIU and nothing else.

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The rising number of rape cases in Pakistan and the Gujarpura motorway incident has pushed the Punjab police into taking strict measures. They have responded with a decision to set up the Rape Investigation Unit (RIU).

As per the available details, RIU’s will be created in all of the police statements in Punjab province, led by the SP officers.

RIUs will be authorized to launch an investigation against sexual harassment and abuse cases encountered by women and children. RIU will have several responsibilities, including the of the crime scene and confirming the witness protection.

Furthermore, the units will be appointing Investigation Officers (IOs), who would only focus on the duties under RIU and nothing else.

IOs will be provided with special powers to accelerate the investigation procedure. It would include attaining DNA test reports quicker compared to other authorities.

Additionally, it will be assigned an obligation to proceed with identifying, locating, initiating, and executing the arrest procedure of the abuse suspects.

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