Even as the nation continued to simmer over December 16 rape in a moving bus in Delhi, state governments announced a slew of women-friendly measures.
On Monday, the Madhya Pradesh government decided that a perpetrator of crime against women would not get a government job, arms/driving licence and even a passport.
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who is in favour of capital punishment to rapists, met top government officials on Sunday to review the law and order situation.
The other measures taken by the Madhya Pradesh government include: setting up a women's helpline from January 1, immediate action on complaints received through the helpline, fast-track court in every district to try rape cases, training girls in martial arts, fixing of responsibility for atrocities against women, medico-legal report in rape cases within 24 hours, rape investigation to be completed within a month, and a special task force to tackle crimes against women.
Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal stressed the need for quick disposal of cases arguing for fast-track courts for rape cases.
The Punjab government, meanwhile, requested the chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana high court to create at least seven courts in the state for quick trial in all horrible crimes.
"The delay in justice to the victims of heinous crimes forfeits the basic purpose of criminal administration system," said Badal in Ajnala near Amritsar, on Sunday.
Workshop for drivers in Mumbai
In Mumbai, the School Bus Owners' Association decided to hold two-day gender sensitisation workshops for its drivers and conductors this week, in association with the Lions Club in the area.