Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday announced a number of steps to curb incidents of crimes against women.
Directing to launch women's helpline from January 1, 2013, he said immediate action would be taken on complaints received through it. Chouhan further directed to set up a fast track court in each district to complete investigation process and legal proceedings in rape cases to ensure sentence to the accused at the earliest. Chouhan was reviewing law & order situation at a high-level meeting at his residence here.
The chief minister said letter would be written to the Union government regarding amendments in laws concerned for deterrent punishment to accused of rape cases. If needed, the state government will also frame necessary laws.
Chouhan said judicial process is delayed due to late receipt of medico-legal report. Therefore, now it will be mandatory for concerning doctors to submit report within 24 hours. For this, basic training will be imparted to medico-legal doctors in districts also. He also directed to present charge-sheet against accused within 15 days.
The chief minister further said an intensive campaign would be launched in the state for creating self-confidence in women and instilling sense of security in them. He said safeguarding women and girls' dignity and safety is the state government's top priority. Accused will never be let off and punishment will be ensured at the earliest by expediting legal process.
Mukhyamantri Nari Samman award
Chouhan said a special task force would be carved from existing police force in every district. This force would be active for prevention of crimes against women and incidents of eve teasing. He said Mukhyamantri Nari Samman award would be given to protectors of women from atrocities and violence. The state-level award would carry Rs. one lakh and district-level award Rs. 50 thousand.
Superintendents of police to be held responsible
Chouhan instructed senior police officers to take action against superintendents of police holding them responsible when cases of outrage of women's modesty come to light. Every socio-economic help will be extended to the victim. Officers of the Women & Child Development Department will swing into action to sooth the woman victim psychologically and boost her morale.
Master trainers for imparting marshal art training
Giving directives to take action regarding training of judo-karate to women through mutual coordination between the sports, police and school education department, Chouhan instructed to raise master trainers for it.
Chief secretary R Parasuram, DGP Nandan Dube, principal secretary to CM Manoj Shrivastava, principal secretary law KD Khan, ADG intelligence Vivek Jauhari, chief minister's OSD Sudhir Saxena, commissioner public relations Rakesh Shrivastava and senior Home Department officers were present at the meeting.