To contain the rising rate of crimes against women and the poor rate of conviction in Maharashtra, the government on Friday announced a special committee at every district and commissionerate. The committees, consisting of police officers, will review the safety standards at public places in their respective jurisdiction.
Accepting 18 of the 27 recommendations made by a committee appointed to suggest measures for an improved conviction rate in the state, the state Cabinet, at a meeting on Thursday, decided to focus on women’s safety.
The committees at districts and cities will work independently, to preempt possible incidents of crimes against the women. The committees will also maintain records of such cases and be in contact with survivors and their families, to ensure the cases are taken to their logical end and the hardest possible punishment is meted out to culprits.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said every police station in the state will appoint women police officers to maintain records and interact with survivors. The government hopes that the implementation of such measures will improve the conviction rate as well as check crimes against women. Fadnavis also announced an award of Rs1 lakh and a certificate to a member of society who takes a strong stand against such crimes.
To improve the falling sex ratio, the government has also accepted the recommendation for the Chief Minister Awards, which will be given to public prosecutors who have an impressive conviction rate in cases registered under the Pre-Conception Pre-Natal Diagnostic Technique (PCPNDT) Act.
In the past two years, hundreds of cases have been registered in the state under the Act for illegal termination of pregnancies, prompting the government to devise methods to crack the whip on those who commit such crimes.