Police set to launch mobile app for complaint registration

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Mar 14, 2015-

Nepal Police is set to launch its own mobile app to keep tab on crimes more effectively. The app will allow smart phone users to report incidents to police as well as receive important alerts. The app which will work on both Android and iOS platforms is in its final stage of development and will be available for download on Google Play Store and Apple App Store in a month’s time, said AIG Bigyan Raj Sharma. The app has user-friendly interface with four access buttons-- report an incident, your nearest police station, thank the police and public complaint.

Information on crime and accidents can be sent to the metropolitan police control room along with photographs and automatic location details.

The app is being developed with the technical support from Islington College, and Local Interventions Group, a London based non-profit company which is working to modernise Nepal Police using technology and innovation.

Police are also developing an Accused Data Record System where information on arrested people with fingerprints and photo will be stored. All units under the Metropolitan Police will have easy access to the data, police said.

Number of VAW cases ‘on rise’

The number of registered complaints of domestic violence has increased due to population growth, awareness and easy access to reporting agencies , a police report released on Friday said.

The report drafted by the Women and Children Service Centre of the Metropolitan Police Office in Ranipokhari shows 87.18 percent of gender-based violence are domestic in nature with 93.82 percent of the victims being women. In 91.94 percent of the cases, the offenders are found to be males.

The report, which analysed police data in Kathmandu for fiscal year 2013/14, found 95.18 percent of victims are aged between 17 and 50. Also, cases of gender-based violence are higher among families with low level of literacy and those involved in menial jobs. The report has recommended increased access to education for women and creating income-generating opportunities for them to minimise cases of violence. Further, the report suggests amending Domestic Violence Act to make it more victim-centred.

Published: 16-03-2015 15:24

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