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Women’s Day: MHA Says Rs 200 Cr Awarded to States to Establish Aid Services for Women in Police Stations | India News


NEW DELHI: The Union Ministry of the Interior said on Monday that 200 million rupees have been sanctioned to Union States and Territories (UT) to establish help desks for women in police stations and strengthen anti-crime units. human trafficking in all districts of the country.
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the Union Interior Minister Amit Shah also said that the empowerment of women has always been the focal point of the Narendra Modi government’s policies.
“On the occasion of International Women’s Day, I bow to the power of women that symbolizes courage, courage and dedication. The empowerment of women has always been the focal point of the Modi government’s policies and it is a matter of pride that today the power of women is contributing significantly to the determination of a self-sufficient India, ”she said in a tweet in Hindi. .
Later, in a statement, the Interior Ministry said that to improve the safety of women in the country, it has taken several initiatives that are funded by the Nirbhaya Fund.
A separate women’s security division was also established in the Interior Ministry to sensitize states and UT on issues related to women’s safety, including the timely completion of the investigation of sexual assault cases, it said.
“The government has sanctioned 200 million rupees to the states and UT to establish Aid Tables for Women in police stations and to establish or strengthen Units to Combat Trafficking in Persons in all districts of the country and also in the vulnerable borders, “the statement said.
The Interior Ministry said that the Police Research and Development Office has distributed 14,950 sexual assault evidence collection kits to states and UT and that these SAEC kits will facilitate the efficient collection, handling and storage of forensic evidence in cases of sexual assault.
The government is committed to the safety of women and children and many projects are underway that will not only ensure their well-being, but also empower women to live independently, according to the statement.
The government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken a series of steps in the past seven years towards the empowerment of women and their safety, the ministry said.
Taking a tough stand against egregious incidents of sexual assault, the government has made the punishment for rape stricter through the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 2018, according to the statement.
To ensure that the amendments to the law are effectively translated to the ground level, the Interior Ministry has taken several initiatives and their progress is continuously monitored, he said.
These include the Investigations Tracking System for Sex Crimes (ITSSO), the National Sex Offender Database (NDSO), Cri-MAC (Multi-Agency Crime Center) and New Citizen Services and these TI initiatives assist in an investigation timely and effective, he said.
The interior minister has strongly recommended the effective use of these online tools to all states and UT, the statement said.
The Interior Ministry said that the Investigations Tracking System for Sexual Offenses (ITSSO) is an online analytical tool launched to monitor and track the timely completion of police investigations in sexual assault cases, currently two months under the Law (Amendment ) of the 2018 Criminal Law, and the National Law The Sex Offender Database “(NDSO) has been launched to identify repeat offenders and receive alerts about sex offenders, as well as investigation.
A Postponement Alert module has also been developed as a step to make it easier for states and UT to guarantee the timely resolution of criminal cases.
Accordingly, whenever a government prosecutor requests a postponement in a criminal case more than twice, the system has a provision to send an alert to higher officials to avoid unavoidable delays.
The Multiple Crime Agency Center (Cri-MAC) was introduced on March 12, 2020 for police stations and superior offices in all states and UT to share information on heinous crimes and other issues related to coordination in cases of interstate crimes, the statement. saying.
It can be used to send alerts or related information on interstate crimes and offenders to states and UT via email or SMS, he said.
The Interior Ministry said that projects financed by the Nirbhaya Fund are also being accelerated by it to improve women’s safety.
The ‘Emergency Response Support System (ERSS)’ is an example of such an initiative and is a unique internationally recognized number throughout India, 112 for various emergencies.
Prevention of cybercrime against women and children is also a key focus area for the Home Office and 14 states have established cyber forensic training laboratories.
The Delhi Police have recruited social workers and counselors from police stations and offices at the subdivision level to encourage women to step up and report crimes without fear or shame, he said.
Social worker counselors have taken a total of 19,316 sessions individually and jointly to stop the violence, he said.
The Delhi Police have also conducted 7,550 sessions of self-defense skills training camps in which 14,82,481 girls from colleges and universities, housewives, workers and underprivileged children have been trained, according to the statement.
Among the projects financed by the Nirbhaya Fund, the Safe City Projects in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow and Mumbai are under execution, according to the statement.
The projects involve the use of technology to improve the safety of women.

Times of India