Women Safety Current Affairs - 2019
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Government will soon initiate a comprehensive ‘safe city’ plan for women in eight cities for women in eight metropolitan cities of the country. It will be implemented in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Lucknow, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. Decision in this regard was taken Steering Committee meeting under chairmanship of Union Home Secretary
Steering committee meeting
Municipal Commissioners, Police Commissioners, senior state government officials and civil society representatives attended steering committee meeting. Besides, representatives of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways also participated.
Plan of action
The Safe city plan will serve as robust emergency response system and provides police-verified public transport will come into place. In the meeting, it was decided that police and municipal corporations of these metropolitan cities will frame plan of action.
The plan will be forwarded by respective State Level Committee headed by Chief Secretary of the state. Later it will be then assessed by Steering Committee headed by Home Secretary, which will make suitable recommendations.
Highlights of meeting
The meeting undertook comprehensive review to gaugue progress and examine steps taken by police and civil administration for women’s safety in the cities.
It discussed issues such as 33% reservation for women in police, installation of CCTV cameras, deployment of women in police stations, infrastructure issues, prevention of cybercrime, mapping of dark spots and crime-prone locations and involvement of educational institutions, among others.
It also discussed initiatives under taken by these cities. It included ‘Himmat’ app, all women patrol van, ‘shishtachar’ programme of the Delhi police; ‘Suraksha’ app of the Bengaluru police, ‘Hawkeye’ mobile app and ‘Bharosa’ programme of the Hyderabad police and Power Angels of Uttar Pradesh police.
Similar to that of Uttar Pradesh’s ‘anti-romeo squad’, the Haryana government has launched ‘Operation Durga’ to ensure women safety in the state. Under this operation, teams formed by the Chief Minister’s Flying Squad visited public places such as schools, colleges, bus stands and railway stations and caught persons indulging in crime activities against women like eve-teasing, stalking, harassment and other such activities. Since women are hesitant in reporting incidents involving anti-social elements to the Police, the campaign, ‘Operation Durga’ was launched so that flying squads patrol those areas where such anti-social elements committed crimes against women.