Distress cell for women in every district soon

India on 01 May 2014
Location : Ranchi, India | Source : Times of India. Image Source Flickr User Flying Cloud

Plans are afoot for the creation of a single-window grievance redressal system for women in every district.

The objective is to cater to women in distress, from a victim of domestic violence to rape survivor, all can avail themselves of medical assistance, trauma management and psychological help along with the facility of lodging an FIR and rehabilitation here. This is one of the major points under the plan of action for safety of women prepared by the Jharkhand CID.

Various government departments have been made the key stakeholders under the action plan for the safety and security of women in the state. Prepared by IG CID Sampat Meena, the proposal chalks out the steps that need that are deemed necessary to ensure safety of women. These include awareness generation, safety in public places, investigation and detection of case related to women and rehabilitation of the aggrieved women.

Meena said, "Police alone cannot solve every problem. There are many other stakeholders, who need to come forward and help women in distress, including the home department, social welfare department, HRD department and others."

The home department will be the nodal department in cases of harassment at workplaces. Meena said, "As per the the Vishakha judgment, a committee was supposed to be formed in every workplace for addressing the grievances of women." CCTV cameras must be installed in empty corridors, lift and pantry, she said.

The plan of action also says that CCTV camera should be installed across the city to keep a tab on crime and to identify any miscreants. Meena said, "When we have technical support like CCTV cameras we shall use it as a force enhancer for detection and prosecution of the criminals. Preventive checking and deployment of force in crime prone areas should also be done. The plan of action also includes strengthening women police stations across the state."

The public transport department should be made a stakeholder too, the proposal said. Meena said, "CCTV cameras should be installed in buses, a dress code should be implemented for public transport drivers and conductors and there should be provision of seat reservation for women and it should be strictly implemented."

Human resource development department will be involved in creating awareness for women safety in schools and colleges. Also, there is a proposal for putting up hoardings and posters at major chowks and hangout places like cinema halls and malls mentioning the phone numbers of women helpline, police and other important numbers.

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