A committee has suggested that important provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) pertaining to domestic violence and sexual violence against women and children should be included in the syllabi for schools and colleges after screening by experts on education boards.
This and other suggestions have been submitted to the Punjab and Haryana high court by the committee comprising representatives of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh administration, constituted for coming up with ideas to ensure women's safety.
The suggestions also include self-defence training and confidence-building courses for girls in schools and colleges. Since girl students in rural areas are not able to attend schools/colleges due to security reasons, there should be a provision for transport facility for them. Also, special women-only buses/reserved seats for women in public transport should be provided.
Publicity boards in all local languages must be put up in educational institutions and public places, highlighting the rights of women, along with information about important helpline numbers etc.
It has been suggested that the concept of community policing should be strengthened in association with non-governmental organisations, and public areas, including parks, should be well-lit during nights. Special training should be imparted to the police to respond in cases regarding crimes against women.
These were some of the suggestions submitted by Gurpreet Deo, inspector general of police, non-resident Indian (NRI) and women's wing, as per the decisions taken during the committee's meetings.
Taking the suggestions on record, the division bench headed by chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul directed both states as well as the Chandigarh administration to inform the court about the steps to be taken for their implementations. The case would now come up for hearing on November 6.