Chavan set to announce steps to make women feel secure in Maharashtra


Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan is expected to make an announcement on fresh measures that will be introduced to "increase the sense of security" among women in the state.

Among other things, there will be a committee which will specifically look into incidents of rape and probe them as a "social issue". Also a new curriculam is expected to be introduced specifically on training young and new police recruits on how to handle and probe a rape case.

Police commissioners from three commissionerates (Mumbai, New Mumbai and Thane) and Director General of Police Sanjeev Dayal were called by Chavan for an "urgent review" at CM's official residence Varsha on Monday evening. The meeting was attended by state Home Minister R R Patil, Additional Chief Secretary Home Amitabh Rajan and other Home department officials.

With images of protestors covering Raisina Hill raising the decibels on police inaction, crime against women and political apathy across the country, the focus suddenly has shifted to cases like rape, molestation and the lack of certainty and severity against perpetrators of such crimes.

With the New Year eve approaching, the officials added that the government did not want any untoward incident to happen against women revelers.

"The Delhi Police have not been able to handle the protest properly. The CM does not want any such law and order situation in the state. A second meeting is expected on the same," said an official.

According to the officials, all the past cases were reviewed and police action in all the cases were reviewed. "He wants to ensure that the sense of security among women is restored and they are assured that the state will look after them," said an official.

"The meeting was held in response to the increasing attacks on women. The CM showed his concern over why so many cases involving violence against women were pending and had not been brought to their logical end," a senior state official present in the meeting said.

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