Anil Baijal, Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor, Delhi, chaired the 6th meeting of the ‘Task Force on Women Safety Issues’ at Raj Niwas on June 22, 2018. The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary, Delhi; Principal Secretary (Home), GNCTD; Commissioner of Police, Delhi; Pr. Secretary (Law), GNCTD; Chairperson, NDMC; Commissioner, East MCD; Commissioner, North MCD; Divisional Commissioner, GNCTD; Secretary (Department of Women & Child Development), GNCTD; Secretary (Social Welfare), GNCTD; Commissioner (Transport), GNCTD; Commissioner (Excise), GNCTD; Director (Delhi Desk), UT Division, MHA, Spl. Commissioner of Police (Women Safety); CEO (DUSIB); Director (FSL), GNCTD.
Spl. Commissioner of Police (Women Safety), Sanjay Baniwal presented a report on Women’s Safety to Hon’ble LG which was prepared by the 'Study Group.' Earlier, LG had constituted a study group on March 07, 2017 comprising of Spl. CP (Crime against Women Cell), Dr. Nimesh Desai, Director (IHBAS), Prof. Pamela Singla, Delhi School of Social Work, Ms. Monica Kumar, Managing Trustee, Manas Foundation and O.P. Mishra, Addl. Secretary (Home), GNCTD to study and analyze issues relating to women safety in NCT of Delhi.The broad Terms and Reference of the Study Group were as under: -
To study and analyze the root causes of offences against women in the city.
To assess the reasons for increasing incidents of involvement of juvenile and school dropouts in sexual offences against women.
To suggest ways and means of actively involving the community in general including civil society, NGOs and other agencies working in the field of women safety to improve women safety in Delhi.
To recommend various measures that need to be taken to educate and create awareness amongst society to prevent deviant behaviour in the context of ensuring women safety.
To recommend measures to promote gender friendly environment in the city.
To recommend appropriate corrective measures that could be initiated to tackle the issue on a short-term basis.
To recommend medium-term and long-term measures to substantially reduce crime against women.
Any other suggestions to improve the safety of women in the city.
This report was submitted after sixteen official meetings where the committee deliberated upon issues at hand with multi-stakeholders like NCW, DCW, NCPCR, UN women and various other NGOs who are working at grass root level. It was also informed to Baijal that department wise actionable points have also been identified to achieve the desired goals and the prominent stakeholders are Department of Education, Delhi Police, Transport Department, Social Welfare Department and Law Department. The Study Group not only identified the thrust areas but also pinpointed some out-of-box solutions to ensure safety and security of women.
Women, in this country, have since time immemorial held a special status. However, for a variety of reasons, that status of women in India has over the years suffered exceedingly on account of illiteracy and patriarchy. While there is a significant improvement in regard to general awareness about women rights, equality for women in the true sense in all respects will become closer to reality when women themselves know about their rights and the remedies available to them in law.You, as a woman...