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HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times
Chandigarh, October 12, 2012
Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Friday announced various measures to check crime against women, especially rape, and ensure speedy trial of suspects. Hooda, who reviewed the steps being taken to check crime against women at a meeting with senior officials of the state government and police department here, announced to set up a statewide single-number helpline for women.

He also announced to appoint a senior police officer of the level of additional director general of police to exclusively supervise these measures and ensure speedy trial of suspects involved in crime against women.

He would report to the director general of police, who would forward the report to the home secretary every week.

The additional director general of police would visit all districts personally to ensure effective monitoring of investigation and prosecutions in such cases. He would also ensure that the suspects involved in earlier cases of crime against women be prosecuted.

The chief minister also announced that at the district level, the police would be empowered to avail of the services of special prosecutors so that those involved in crime against women get stringent punishment.

He said a woman deputy superintendent of police or a woman inspector would be posted in every district to facilitate women in getting their complaints lodged.

Hooda said the deputy commissioners had also been asked to stay on their toes and promptly redress people's grievances.

"The state government has, through a written communication, urged the Punjab and Haryana high court to ensure speedy trial of cases against women, especially those concerning incidents of rape," Hooda added.