Chandigarh August 28—Empowering them with a gift on the eve of Raksha Bandhan, the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, today dedicated an all-woman police station at Mansa Devi Complex in Panchkula to the women of Haryana.
Addressing a state level function on the launch of women’s police stations in the state, the Chief Minister announced the decision to extend the benefit of free travel facility for women and her children in the buses of Haryana Roadways on the auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan. Now, they would be able to avail themselves of this facility from 12 noon onwards today. Earlier, they were entitled to this facility only on Raksha Bandhan day.
He also announced that a cyber police station would soon be opened in Gurgaon to keep a check on cyber crime. Later, such police stations would also be opened in other big cities of the state.
He said that all-woman police stations, inaugurated in all districts of the state, shall instill a sense of security among the women. Similar police stations would also be opened in small towns and cities of the state on the success of this concept. This concept has brought Haryana on the world map. “Even the BBC News has given place to this event in its headlines”, he added.
The women’s police station would undertake investigations into cases of various crimes against women such as stalking, dowry death, foeticide, molestation, sexual harassment, disrobing, voyeurism, eve-teasing, abduction, elopement, kidnapping, rape, dowry harassment, illegal second marriage and abetment to suicide.
Addressing a well attended gathering, including a large number of women and girl students, Mr Manohar Lal said that this move would give a message on women’s empowerment not only in the state but also all over the country, and abroad.
Expressing concern over the incidents of crime against women, the Chief Minister said that women generally hesitated to report cases of crimes to the police. Since women could easily narrate an incident to a woman, these women’s police stations would go a long way in empowering them to report what they encountered. Each police station would have a Mediation Centre to take up matrimonial disputes and the office of Protection-cum-Prohibition Officer would take up cases of dowry-cum-domestic violence.
While ridiculing the statement made by some leaders of opposition parties regarding the shortage of staff in police stations, Mr Manohar Lal said that adequate staff had been made available at these police stations. The state government has also decided to recruit more women police personnel in the Police Department. While the process for the recruitment of 1,000 female constables would soon be started, a proposal to recruit 200 sub inspectors (female) is under active consideration, he added.
Referring to the message given by Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, on Raksha Bandhan, the Chief Minister said that he had urged the brothers to give gift to their sisters by filling form of Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojna (PMSBY) under which they would get insurance cover of Rs 2 lakh.
Earlier, girl students from different schools took out a freedom march from the Mansa Devi Complex to the women’s police station. On his arrival, the Chief Minister was presented with a guard of honour by a contingent of women police.
He also went round the police station and saw the facilities made available there. Constructed at a cost of Rs 3.62 crore, the women police station would have about 30 women police personnel, including an ACP and an SHO.
Speaking on the occasion, Director General of Police, Mr Y.P Singhal, hailed it as a path-breaking initiative and said that women’s police stations would help generate an environment in which women victims would feel encouraged to lodg their complaints.
MP Mr Ratan Lal Kataria, MLAs Mr Gian Chand Gupta and Mrs Latika Sharma, Commissioner of Police, Ambala and Panchkula, Mr O.P Singh, Deputy Commissioner, Panchkula, Mr Vivek Atrey, Chief Administrator HUDA, Mr Brijendra Singh, Media Adviser to the Chief Minister, Mr Amit Arya, other senior officers of the Police Department and the district administration were also present on this occasion.