India to adopt Safe-City Plan
Finally, some light at the end of the tunnel – the authorities have taken note of the increasing levels of violence against women, and Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba made some announcements yesterday regarding a detailed ‘safe-city’ plan for women, which will soon be undertaken in eight metropolises. These include Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Lucknow and Hyderabad.
As per Delhi Police and National Crime Records Bureau, the number of rape cases alone in India mounted to over 35,000 in number, with around 376 cases solely in Delhi. The issues which have come up for discussion include reservation for women in police forces, installation of CCTV cameras, deployment of women in police stations, emergency response system, police verified public transport, prevention of cybercrime, infrastructure issues, mapping of dark spots and crime-prone areas, among others. Various existing steps towards women safety were also discussed, including the ‘Himmat’ app’ of Delhi Police; ‘Hawkeye’ mobile app and ‘Bharosa’ programme of Hyderabad Police; ‘Suraksha’ app of Bengaluru Police and Power Angels of UP police.
The plan of action will be constructed by the police and municipal corporations of the eight cities and forwarded by the subsequent state-level committee headed by the chief secretary of the state. The plan of action is to be submitted by these cities within a month and will be assessed by the Steering Committee headed by the Union Home Secretary, which will make suitable recommendations.