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Rights body demands inclusion of women’s safety in party manifestos

India on 14 November 2013
Location : Delhi | Source : The Hindu.

Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, an international organisation working on police reforms, has demanded that improved women safety be made a part of the manifestos of the political parties contesting the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, CHRI said elections are scheduled just days before the first anniversary of the December 16 gang-rape, a horrific incident that shook the country. They demanded the policing in the city should be capable to deliver efficient and unbiased services.

“So far policing is seen as an issue of particular importance, but no party has said explicitly what it would be doing to make policing better and make Delhi safer for all, especially women. No party must wash their hands of the issue by saying the responsibility for good policing lies elsewhere,” said the statement.

CHRI wants the manifesto of all political parties to include bringing policing under the chief minister, ensuring that independent police complaint authorities are set up in each district, improved infrastructure, manpower, and finances in police stations.

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