Nirbhaya: Police Plan Crime Mapping

India on 09 May 2014
Location : New Delhi, India | Source : The New Indian Express; image source: flickr user M. Yashna


In a bid to step up vigil against atrocities on women and children, the police will prepare a crime mapping of the state as part of the the ‘Nirbhaya Keralam Surakshitha Keralam’ initiative.

The questionnaire-based survey will focus on specific regions with high crime rate and vulnerable sections of society.Awareness programmes, video exhibitions, self-defence training will also be organised as part of the programme to help police in effective law and order and crime management.

“The household survey will help us concentrate on areas which need special focus,” said Nirbhaya nodal officer ADGP R Sreelekha.

“The survey will be conducted by Nirbhaya volunteers who will be selected from among Kudumbashree members,” she said. The official said 5-10 women, in the age group of 22-50, will be selected from each panchayat for the project. The exercise will be preceded by a week-long training programme. The volunteers will be  given uniform, badge and identity card.

The questionnaire, which will be in simple language and direct style. would seek information on the safety needs of an individual.

“The volunteers will try to resolve them with the help of agencies like the police, Social Welfare Department, Childline or the like,” Sreelekha said. “Opening Nirbhaya clubs in schools and colleges will also be part of the scheme.

Along with empowering the female students, the club’s activities would focus on grooming the male students to respect the opposite sex,” Sreelekha said.

Project yet to gain pace

The Nirbhaya Project, launched by the State Government to combat violence against women and children, is yet to pick up the pace even two months after its announcement. The proposed Nirbhaya Directorate remains on paper and, except a nodal officer, no other official has been designated for the project. The plan to appoint district-level officials and to bring officials associated withcombating human trafficking under the scheme, also remain unfulfilled.


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