The district police chiefs in Haryana are struggling to meet the deadline for opening separate police stations for women on Raksha Bandhan as announced by chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
Taking a lead, the Rohtak police have constructed a women police station at Ambedkar Chowk in the middle of the city.
Talking about the women police station, Rohtak SP Shashank Anand said that total 50 women police personnel would be deputed at the police station, including one inspector, 2 sub-inspectors (SIs), 5 assistant sub-inspectors (ASIs), 8 head constables and 34 constables. All cases of the women cell will be handed over to the women police station.
Constructed at a cost of Rs 2.20 crore over an area of 1500 square feet, the double-storey building of this modern police station will have a DSP office, separate rooms for SHO and investigating officer (IO), a computer lab, a counselling room, a store, lock-up, a kitchen and separate toilets for ladies and gents. The police station will also have PCR vans for city patrolling.
The SP said, "We are making efforts to ensure safety of women and girls inside and outside their home. We are sure that women police stations will help the police in putting a check on crime against women".
CONTROLLING CRIME AGAINST WOMEN TO REMAIN CHALLENGE
The setting up of women police stations will help women to file their complaints without any fear, but putting a check on the increasing crime against women will definitely remain a challenge.
The number of complaints of crime against women is on the rise in Rohtak district. As many as 1,456 complaints of crime against women were registered at the women cell of the Rohtak police till July this year.
Of these, 65% complaints registered in Rohtak are related to dowry and harassment, 28% cent to domestic violence and 7% to eve-teasing and other crimes.
In 2014, a total of 1,718 complaints of crime against women were registered in Rohtak district throughout the year. The monthly average of such complaints has increased to 208 this year as against 143 last year.
The crime against women is increasing in the entire Rohtak range as about 330 cases were registered under section 354 (assault or criminal force with intent to outrage a woman's modesty) and 260 cases were registered under section 376 (rape) of the IPC in four districts of Rohtak, Sonepat, Jhajjar and Panipat in 2014, as against 225 and 257 respectively in 2013.
"Yes, the number complaints of crime against women has increased as against that of the last year, but the setting up of women police stations will definitely help women in raising their voice against crime. We will provide them all possible assistance," said DSP Pushpa Khattri.