The Delhi government on Thursday announced setting up of a round-the-clock control room for women in distress and proposed a stringent law to check crimes against women.
Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit said the control room will function from her office at the Delhi Secretariat and will have a dedicated phone number that will be functional within this month.The CM said the government plans to bring a law to curb sexual assault on women and has requested additional solicitor general Indira Jaisingh to prepare a draft bill. Dikshit said all the stakeholders would be consulted before finalising the proposed legislation.
"I think it will go a long way in containing crime against women. We will consult all stakeholders before finalising the draft law," said Dikshit.
The government has also decided to utilise the services of National Social Services (NSS) at university level to bring awareness about women's safety.
Dikshit said there was a need to inspire police to become more responsive and serious in dealing with crimes against women.
"It has also been observed (at the meeting) that it is time to turn outrage into action," she said.
Dikshit said there is a need to inform people about the process that the police follow in dealing with incidents of assault on women.
She said the government will raise awareness on these steps, including registration of FIR and follow-up investigation.
The process will also be made available on the government's website apart from the offices of the district administration.
The chief minister said a massive public awareness campaign will soon be launched on safeguarding the dignity and safety of women in the city.
The Delhi Commission for Women will act as a nodal agency for the campaign in which citizen groups, RWAs, corporate houses and Mahila Panchayats would be involved.
Delhi government and Delhi Police have drawn up a joint action plan to check increasing number of cases of sexual assault on women and deteriorating law and order situation in the Capital.
Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit met police commissioner Neeraj Kumar on Thursday and the two came face to face with women activists and non-government organisations who questioned the police's and the government's ability to ensure safety of women in the national Capital.
Dikshit had reiterated the need for Delhi Police to take measures and form an action plan of its own to ensure the safety of women in the city.
The meeting discussed ways to set up a mechanism for coordination between schools, civil defence personnel and women organizations to create a safe environment.
The Delhi cabinet had also strongly condemned the brutal gang-rape of the 23-year-old girl and appealed to the Union home ministry to make police more responsive so that women in the city feel secure.