Home Minister inaugurates new building of Women’s Crime Helpline
This was stated by Home Minister Umashankar Gupta at the inauguration of new building of women’s crime helpdesk here today. The Home Minister urged all organisations to make every possible effort to bring about awareness for preventing crimes against women. He said that State Government will leave no stone unturned to ensure women’s honour and dignity.
He informed that women’s crime helpdesk’s number 1090 was started following a rape incident in New Delhi in December 2012. It has yielded encouraging results. He informed that challans in cases of crimes against women are being presented within 15 days. Gupta said that it is necessary to instill fear of strict punishment among criminals. He directed to inform girl students about helpline system. The Home Minister said that dialogue with public is very necessary. He said that due to this, people will not hesitate to visit police stations.
Gupta said that a number of schemes like Beti Bachao Abhiyan have been launched to ensure women’s honour and dignity in the state. DGP Nandan Dube said that Women’s Crime Branch is functioning with efficiency. Punishment in over 1500 cases Additional DGP Women’s Crime Branch Smt. Aruna Mohan Rao informed that 9 fast track courts have been set up in the state by the High Court. As a result, 806 cases against women were heard last year in which punishment was given in over 1500 cases till June 30, 2013.
Of these, death sentences in 9 case, life imprisonment in 151 cases, over 10-year imprisonment in 221 cases and 10-year imprisonment was awarded in 1127 cases. Women’s helpdesk receives 7414 complaints Smt. Rao informed that till date 7414 complaints have been received by women’s helpdesk number 1090 started from January 1, 2013. Of these, 7366 complaints were redressed and 317 cases were registered.
These complaints were regarding missing persons, dowry harassment, abduction, rape, eve-teasing, intimidation on mobile phone etc. There are 12 lines for incoming and 8 for outgoing calls at women’s helpdesk. The service operates 24X7. For this, an ASP has been appointed nodal officer in every district. Principal Secretary Planning & Statistics S.R. Mohanty and ADGP Pawan Jain also spoke on the occasion.