Three vulnerable areas to get 'women safety squads'
NEW DELHI: The Delhi government will very shortly constitute women safety squad to check crimes against woman in the city, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday.
"Our government assigned the Delhi Commission of Women (DCW) to prepare Cabinet minute notes for the formulation of 'Women Safety Squad', or Mahila Suraksha Dals (MSD) in national Capital. The squad will initially be deployed in three most vulnerable areas where crime against women occurs frequently," said Sisodia on Friday.
The decision was announced soon after a joint meeting of the government, DCW and the Excise department.
Talking to reporters, Sisodia said that the crime against women has sharply increased in the city and is required to be addressed with immediate effect.
He stressed that illegal liquor vends is among key factors bolstering such crimes and said that DCW has been given the responsibility of preparing a Cabinet note over the issue.
The Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government will provide civil defense volunteers to MSDs.
The Cabinet note, in this regard, will be prepared with the help of DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal, who has been on a sustained campaign in the past 11 days to prevent crimes against women.
Swati expressed that the situation of women safety in the city is concerning, noting that during past 11 days as many as three, including two infants and one minor, have been raped.
"On average three to six rapes occur daily, Swati added."
It may be mentioned that the Delhi High Court had on Thursday sought the assistance of Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik on several aspects pertaining to formulation of a mechanism to deal with the issue of safety of women in the national capital.
The high court was hearing a PIL initiated in 2012 after the December 16, 2012 gangrape of a young woman in a moving bus.
"We are seeking his (police commissioner) assistance to know the feasibility of creating a special cell to monitor all cases of crime against women since their inception, including registration of FIR and filing of charge sheet," a bench of justices S Ravindra Bhat and Sanjeev Sachdeva had said.
The bench had also said the special cell may also keep a watch on vulnerable areas where such crimes frequently occur and ensure that adequate police force is deployed there.