The Sannihitham Wing for women that was incepted by the Chittoor police three years ago, has now been regularized to work on all days. The program has been extensively built for the women to record their grievances on domestic violence.
The program was effective all these years, tackling and mitigating control against the incidents of domestic violence. So far, the sessions were once in a week, and the need is now being felt to make it a daily routine.
Sannihitham works everyday from now on, to record public grievances that need police intervention.
“Every public grievance will be acknowledged, followed by monitoring of its progress and result. The staff, exclusively attached to the wing, also assist the aggrieved parties in drafting complaints, besides counselling them to solve minor issues at the initial stages. We will soon introduce software to tackle public grievances more systematically and with accountability. Over 3,000 grievances were registered with the cell in three years and 80 per cent of issues have been solved so far,” said Ms T Annapurna Reddy, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP).
The workforce at Sannihitham staff stated to a leading newspaper daily that the concept had helped in creating awareness among women, even in remote villages. “The women are now boldly coming to Chittoor to air their grievances. Victims of domestic violence now view police as their ‘big brother’. The cell has taken the role of a watchdog of the exploited,” an officer added.
Another important plus of Sannihitham at the district headquarters is that the program has made police officers at the station and circle levels think twice before dealing with cases at their end, this is “without taking sides with any individual or group”.