Akhilesh govt to slap NSA on accused

Those found involved in kidnapping women, rape or other forms of sexual harassment would now be booked under the National Security Act (NSA), Uttar Pradesh Principal Secretary (Home) R M Srivastava said on Tuesday.

Addressing a joint press conference, along with Director General of Police A C Sharma, Srivastava said: "We have issued instructions to the police officials that they must initiate proceedings under NSA against the accused involved in rape, kidnapping of women or sexually harassing women."

Srivastava gave the information when asked whether the police were taking the issue of crimes against women seriously. He said as compared to last year, crime against women has gone up by 0.83 per cent. Further, providing figures of the response to Women's Power Line, which was launched by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow on November 15, Srivastava said: "Between November 15 and 30, the power line received around 59,000 calls. Out of these, around 50,000 have already been disposed of. The remaining calls are also being attended to."

The helpline deals with complaints of harassment of women by making indecent calls or sending SMSes and MMSes. First time offenders are cautioned or given counselling. However, if they do not mend their ways, the police takes further action under the law.

Earlier, the Principal Secretary and the DGP reviewed the law and order situation in Allahabad division and discussed issues like robbery and communal violence.

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