Union Government launches three women safety initiatives

The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh along with Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi jointly launched three significant initiatives to promote the safety of women in their living spaces, working spaces and the public spaces on 18 February 2019, at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.

The Government has identified eight cities for implementation of Safe City projects in the first phase at a cost of Rs 2,919 crore, in order to instill a sense of security in women in metro cities.

The cities include Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow and Mumbai. The projects are funded under the Nirbhaya Fund scheme. They have been prepared jointly by Municipal bodies and City Police and reflect integrated action for the safety of women.

The safe city projects involve the creation of on-ground assets, resources, and behaviour change programs for the safety of women. The projects will supplement existing assets and meet citizen demands for safe eco-system for women in these cities.

Key Highlights:-

1. Identification of crime hot-spots in each city.
2. Saturating such Hot-spots with increased CCTV surveillance.
3. Automated Number Plate Reading (ANPR) and drone-based surveillance also being deployed in few cities as per requirement.
4. Setting up women police out-posts for facilitating ease of access by any aggrieved woman to report incidence or seek assistance.
5. Patrols by women police in vulnerable areas.
6. Setting up women help desks in police stations with facility for trained counselors
7. Augmentation of existing women support centers like Asha Jyoti Kendra or Bharosa centers.
8. Implementing safety measures in buses, including cameras.
9. Improving street lighting in identified hot spot areas.
10. Setting up toilets for women.
11. Undertaking social awareness programmes on women safety and gender sensitivity.

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