NCP delegates press for all-women police station

India on 17 September 2013
Location : Nagpur, India | Source : Times of India. Image Source: Flickr user Lvovsky

NAGPUR: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) city women wing president Nutan Rewatkar on Saturday raised the issue of expediting the process for an All-women police station in the state in the wake of rise crimes against women. Rewatkar, along with a delegation of party workers, met Union Agriculture minister Sharad Pawar at Devgiri and submitted a memorandum on the issue.

Pawar arrived in the city on Saturday to undertake a three-day tour of rain-affected regions of Vidarbha.

The central government has already issued a comprehensive advisory to all the states in September 2009 for stepping up measures to ensure security to women. Union minister of state for home RPN Singh had recently stated in the parliament that Maharashtra has the maximum numbers of women cops, around 20,000, in the force. A circular was also issued by the Maharashtra State Director general of police to set up women police stations in every district, but nothing has been done in this regard.

Rewatkar said that she had been fighting for the cause since December 2009 when her first representation in the matter was submitted before the home ministry under RR Patil.

"I have always got encouragement, but technical hurdles crossed the path," she said.

"Even the Constitution of India says that there is a need for according special attention to women and children," said Rewatkar.

"Most progressive states have women police station. In today's scenario, women need a separate police station viewing the increase in atrocities on us. An all-women police station is the need of the hour," she added.

Along with Rewatkar, Vidya Selukar, Katrina James Joseph, Sangeeta Khobragade, Rekha Krupale, Kavita Mate and others were present.

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