Home Department sources in Thiruvananthapuram said the team, comprising four IPS officers, would be entrusted with investigation of sensational cases of crimes against women including rape, sex racket and sexual exploitation.
IGP B Sandhya would head the team while IPS officials Uma Behera, Ajeetha Begum and Chandan Chowdhary would be the other members.
The team would not only probe particular cases but would also ensure justice to victims by facilitating speedy trials. While many of the women outfits welcomed the decision to set up such a special team, some activists are of the view change in the approach of police was vital to check crimes against women.
CPM leader and Rajya Sabha member TN Seema said change in the attitude in police system was necessary to curb violence against women than a new investigation team.
“A women investigation team might be a novel initiative. But, I do not think it will bring the desired result if there is no change in the basic attitude of police personnel at grassroot level. Victims should get decent treatment from the cops and they should be fear-free to disclose truths,” Seema told PTI.
She said every state should take necessary steps to ensure heinous crimes like the recent gang rape in Delhi was not happening in their areas.
According to official figures, 9758 cases of crimes have been reported against women in Kerala upto September this year.
These include 715 rape cases, 2798 molestation cases, 141 kidnapping cases and 343 incidents of eve teasing, it said.