#India-27 steps to prevent crime against women ? #Vaw #Womenrights


TNN | Feb 5, 2013, 01.14 AM IST

NEW DELHI: Sensing that the Ordinance prescribing harsher punishment for offenders is not enough to prevent crime against women, the government on Monday unveiled 27 measures like setting up crisis response centres in 100 districts, introducing ‘Women Only’ buses in cities and removing jurisdiction boundaries for police in registering criminal cases.It also issued instructions to initiate strict action against police personnel found to be either displaying bias against women or neglecting their supervisory responsibilities while registering complaints of sexual offences.

Putting in place a nationwide three-digit number (such as 100) to respond to all emergency situations on the lines of 911 or 990Emergency Management Systems in vogue in several developed countries and launching a sustained media campaign to stop negative/indecent portrayal of women in movies, TV shows and advertisements are also part of the comprehensive plan comprising 27 different measures to prevent crime against women.

“Government enlisted these suggestions after several round of discussion over the issue under the Union cabinet secretary Ajit K Seth in the past one month,” said a home ministry official.

The measures outlined changes in the police system, a review of theMotor Vehicles Act, measures to make responses to crimes against women in efficient and sensitive manner and greater accountability of enforcement agencies.

The department of women and child development will implement a scheme to provide compensation to victims of sexual assault and also a scheme for setting up Crisis Response Centres in select hospitals to provide psychological and other assistance to sexual assault victims. The proposed scheme will be implemented in a pilot phase in 100 districts from 2013-14.

The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) will compile a database of persons convicted of criminal offences. Details of persons convicted of crimes against women will be displayed on their website. The existing Motor Vehicle Regulations will be reviewed, prescribing for increasing the quantum of fines imposed on violation of permit conditions and to bar compounding of offences beyond a certain number.

It will be made mandatory for a reporting officer to comment upon on the gender sensitivity of the police personnel in the Annual Performance Appraisal Report. Besides, plans are afoot to further develop and promote community policing.

Teachers will be given training in value education. Sustained awareness campaigns on gender equality will be undertaken in all schools and colleges and gender modules to be integrated in the curriculum at every level.

Girls students will also be trained in self defence/martial arts.

 

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