Hyderabad: The Home Minister, Mrs Sabitha Indra Reddy on Wednesday directed the officials of Police and Women and Child Welfare departments to strictly implement the Domestic Violence (Prevention) Act to check the increasing violence against the women.
The Home Minister held a review meeting in her chamber, secretariat here with the officials of police, law and Women and Child Welfare departments. The Director General of Police (DGP), the principal secretaries of women and Child welfare department and law department attended the review meeting.
Speaking to the media after the review meeting, Mrs Sabitha Indra Reddy said that the police and women and child welfare departments were involved in implementation of Domestic Violence (Prevention) Act. She expressed displeasure over the negligent attitude of officials of Women and Child Welfare department in dealing with the cases of Domestic Violence. Unfortunately, there was increase in cases of violence against women and the children, she added. The Project Directors of Women welfare and child welfare at district level were not laying focus on the cases. Two home guards for each project director would be provided for issuance of notices to the accused in the cases, she added.
Regarding violence against women, the cases under Section 489 were registering more. So far, 9,000 cases under Domestic Violence (Prevention ) Act were booked and out of them, 3,000 cases were settled with the compromise of the both sides., she added.
Reminding that 28 women police stations were presently functioning in the state, the Home Minister informed that four more women police stations ie one at each Warangal, Rajamundry, Ranga Reddy and Guntur would be setup soon. Stating that there was scarcity of women police inspectors in the police department, she said that Inspector rank police officer would be appointed as head of Women Police Station. A Head Constable would be appointed as “Child Protection Officer” at each police station to look into the crime against the child, she added. A review meeting would be held frequently at SP level in the districts on the cases, she maintained. Project Directors of ICDS would be called for District Crime Meetings forthwith, she added.
“It was also decided to pay financial assistance from government to the victims of sexual assaults and the women rescued from brothel houses at the earliest”, she added.
Pointing out that the cases of crime against women were more in Hyderabad, she revealed that the Government would write to the High Court requesting for setting up of more courts in the city for speedy disposal of the cases. (NSS)