“Since we are in the process of framing the policy we were told to get some new ideas from the programme,” said an official.
Gandhi in particular mentioned the urgent need to set up ‘one stop crisis centres’ as emphasised in the show, to provide support to rape victims.
Gandhi’s predecessor Krishna Tirath had on a number of occasions announced the setting up such centres along with a host of other schemes including a national helpline for women in distress and a compensation and rehabilitation packages for rape victims. But the schemes did not take off.
However, with the BJP manifesto promising a safe and secure environment for women, Gandhi is keen that women-centric policies are implemented quickly. “We have been directed to study the Bangladesh micro-financing model to help understand how it can be used to empower women here,” said an official.
Other issues that came up for discussion included the need to make affordable sanitary napkins available to women in rural areas and setting up more toilets for women.
Sources said the minister has also asked officials to talk to various stakeholders to come up with a plan to simplify existing adoption procedures.