After drawing flak over a series of rapes, Haryana government today came in fire fighting mode and announced a slew of measures, including enhanced patrolling and supervision by senior officers, to effectively check crime against women.
Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today reviewed the steps being taken to curb crime against women in a meeting with senior officials of the state and also of Police Department today, and announced to set up a state-wide single number helpline for women. Hooda announced to appoint a senior police officer of the level of Additional Director General of Police to exclusively supervise these measures and ensure speedy trials of criminals involved in crime against women. This police officer would report to the Director General of Police, who would forward the report to the Home Secretary at a weekly interval. The Additional Director General of Police would visit all districts personally to ensure effective monitoring of investigation and prosecutions in such cases, an official spokesman said.
The ADG would also ensure that criminals involved in earlier cases of crime against women are prosecuted. The chief minister also announced that at district level, the police would be empowered to avail the services of special prosecutors so that the criminals, involved in crime against women, get stringent punishment. Hooda also announced that at district level, either a lady Deputy Superintendent of Police or a lady Inspector would be posted to facilitate the women in getting their complaints lodged with the police. The government also took steps to ensure that the incidents are reported properly in media.
The chief minister directed that the field officers, especially the Superintendents of Police, would fix a specific time to meet media persons daily on the pattern of meeting the general public to redress their grievances. This, he said, would also help in ensuring effective communication with the public through media. Hooda also approved the proposal to recruit Public Relations Officers to be attached with District Superintendents of Police, Inspector Generals of Range and Director General of Police (Headquarters) for media related work.
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