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Crimes against women: Final report in, panel chief says implement it

Retired justice CS Dharmadhikari, who headed a panel to recommend measures to curb crimes against women, said the state government needs to get serious about implementing the safety measures.

mumbai Updated: Nov 18, 2014 18:27 IST
Bhavya Dore

Retired justice CS Dharmadhikari, who headed a panel to recommend measures to curb crimes against women, said the state government needs to get serious about implementing the safety measures.

The committee was set up in 2011 when the Bombay high court (HC) was hearing a bunch of public interest litigations (PILs), including one suo motu PIL based on a Hindustan Times report, on women’s safety.

The panel submitted five interim reports to the state government; the final one was given on Sunday.

“The implementation [of recommendations] is not there at the ground level,” justice Dharmadhikari told HT on Monday. “Only issuing government resolutions and circulars can’t be called implementation.”

A few of the suggestions given earlier by the panel included action against police personnel who fail to act on complaints lodged by women, changing the age of juvenile in conflicts with law, and forming women’s cells at police stations.

However, the final report, a copy of which is with HT, contains 30 additional recommendations, such as enforcing existing laws, better policing and investigation procedures. During previous hearings, the government had told the HC it had accepted 109 of the 144 recommendations, while the remaining were still pending.

However, Dharmadhikari pointed out that the recommendations were not meant only for law enforcement agencies. “We must get society involved, otherwise nothing will happen. It can’t all be done by the police and the courts. The initiative should also be that of the common man,” he said.

The HC had previously pulled up the government for delaying its decision on accepting the committee's earlier recommendations, and had later questioned whether the suggestions were indeed being implemented.

However, Dharmadhikari pointed out that the recommendations were not meant only for law enforcement agencies. “We must get society involved, otherwise nothing will happen. It can’t all be done by the police and the courts. The initiative should also be that of the common man,” he said.

The HC had previously pulled up the government for delaying its decision on accepting the committee’s earlier recommendations, and had later questioned whether the suggestions were indeed being implemented.