Police to organise 5 awareness interfaces
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Mumbai Police will organise five public interfaces to raise awareness about crimes against women, commissioner Satyapal Singh said Tuesday. He was speaking at the first such interface at Birla Matoshree Hall in Marine Lines.
"In all, we will hold five such big meetings. The next one will be organised at Ravindra Natyamandir on Wednesday," he said.
"Of the 232 rapes reported in 2010, only nine were committed by individuals unknown to the victims. In 2011, only 11 perpetrators in over 220 rape cases were not known to the victims. A majority perpetrators were close family members and relatives. It is important for women to keep a close watch on acquaintances who can be harmful," Singh said. National Commission of Women (NCW) chairperson Mamata Sharma, who was also present, called for unity.
"In the aftermath of the incident (gangrape and murder of a 23-year-old paramedical student in Delhi in December), women leaders of different political parties kept saying different things. It was important for them at that point to be united. It is also wrong that the sixth accused, said to be the most brutal of them all, may escape harsh punishment because he is a juvenile. The government needs to consider lowering the age for juvenile offenders," she said.
Sharma, however, expressed her happiness at the report of Justice Varma Commission which accepted all NCW recommendations.
She reiterated the need to sensitise police forces. "We have no complaints about officers over the rank of deputy superintendent of police. The problem is with the lower rung. The questions that male officers ask rape victims is a tragedy. There are things women will not want to tell male officers. When they cannot register a complaint, they become depressed and are driven to suicide."
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