With outrage rising over crimes against women, Mumbai’s police commissioner, Satyapal Singh, on Wednesday announced steps to check the menace.
Henceforth, all police stations in the city will immediately report crimes against women to the deputy commissioners of police concerned, who will directly supervise the investigations, which will be time bound.
After a meeting with senior officials, Singh said the police would add 3,000 complaint boxes to the 1,000 already in place at schools and colleges for women to write about their problems without revealing their identity.
“All police stations will have a minimum of five women police constables/officers and their phone numbers will be displayed on boards outside, especially in Muslim areas and slum pockets,” he said adding women could also call on the 103 helpline.
The Mumbai police will prepare a list of those with a record of crimes against women and also hold meetings at police stations along with women’s groups to create awareness. The Mahila Dakshata (women v igilance) committees to help women victims would be revived.
HT has been carrying out a sustained campaign, Make Mumbai Safer for Women, since December 2011. We teamed up with Akshara Centre, a women's resource organisation in Dadar, to conduct a survey to gauge the extent of sexual harassment of women in public spaces.
Our campaign forced the government and police to take action.