The Maharashtra government plans to form a panel of women legislators and police officers, who will suggest how to make the state safer for women.
Shiv Sena leader Neelam Gorhe raised the issue in the state legislative council on Thursday through a calling attention motion. She added that several women worked at IT companies, which required them to work at odd hours.
Deepak Kesarkar, minister of state for home, said several measures had been put in place to ensure women’s safety and that the police had been sensitised on the issue.
However, he said the state would constitute a committee of women representatives to see what additional steps could be taken. “We will form a committee of two women legislators each from the upper and lower houses of the state legislature, along with three women police officers. The committee will be given a month to submit a report. Its suggestions will be implemented,” he said.
Last month, 25-year-old Infosys engineer Rasila Raju was murdered at her workplace in Pune. She had been clocking in extra hours at work at the time.
Over the past fortnight, six women politicians said they had received threats and lewd text messages. These include five legislators, one of whom is Gorhe.