In focus: Terror, communal clashes, crime against women

Law & Order

Pune has been witness to a number of incidents in 2012. As this ever growing city enters the next year, the aim before us would be to control crime against women, maintain communal harmony and fight terror.

Better policing can only be achieved if there is better communication between the citizens and the police. This communication becomes even more crucial when we attempt to curb crime against women. Through our social security cell and the women's grievance redressal cell, we have been keeping a track of the offences against women. In the coming year, we plan to fast-track the prosecution of the cases of crimes against women.

Instructions have also been issued to police stations that as far as possible the cases of crimes against women should be probed by women officers. We believe women officers would be able to handle these cases in a more efficient manner with better understanding. We will also see that these offences are looked at with a priority. A better conviction rate would definitely create a sense of safety. The inspectors in charge of individual police stations have been told that preventive action should be initiated without any hesitation against the person troubling a woman.

Maintaining communal harmony can only be achieved if there is healthy communication among communities. We believe that right from a constable to the highest officer, all have a major role to play to ensure that this inter-community dialogue continues. Even in the fight with terror outfits, we feel our priority is strengthening the intelligence network through better contact with citizens, who are our real sources of information.

Traffic problems are also on our list of priorities. With the number of vehicles getting added every year, traffic problem will not be solved soon. We are planning some long term solutions, along with better traffic management on a daily basis.

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