Dharmadhikari panel gives govt 30 more suggestions in its final report

  • Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Nov 18, 2014 18:57 IST

More forensic laboratories in the state, improving the lot of women police officers, faster disposal of family court matters, measures to curb nudity in films, cracking down on caste panchayats — these are a few of the additional recommendations made by the CS Dharmadhikari committee in its final report on women’s safety.

The committee, set up in 2011, submitted 30 more suggestions to the state government on Sunday. HT has a copy of the report.

The suggestions include local level committees comprising citizens to help develop a women-friendly environment, and measures to help the police act independently and fairly.

The report also suggested a monitoring committee to oversee the implementation of the recommendations, and said it was hopeful the government will discuss with the panel if it decided not to accept some of the suggestions.

“It is necessary that all departments of the government function together,” the report said. “It is important to change the mind-set of the police, society and courts and increase sensitivity.”

The committee has recommended that since different departments deal with different schemes concerning women, there should be one authority to ensure better coordination.

“The question of women’s safety is of utmost importance. It is not merely a question of physical safety, but it is also a social and psychological question. It is not just security schemes that will work. For women to feel safe, a certain environment needs to be created,” the report said.

Further, it pointed out that while certain laws were passed, including those against superstitions and for uplifting Devadasis, rules have not been framed, resulting in them remaining on paper.

The committee also urged the state to consider certain recommendations of the retired justice JS Verma committee, which was set up after the 2012 Delhi gang-rape. The committee had recommended making inactive bystanders to gang-rape culpable, and also making marital rape a criminal offence.

Other recommendations of the Dharmadhikari report include having the women’s helpline number displayed in shops and establishments and on bus tickets.

The report will be placed before the Bombay high court before December 2, the day when the matter will be heard next.

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