Takes serious note of murder of 25-year-old in her flat

Taking serious note of the brutal murder of a 25-year-old legal professional in her Central Mumbai apartment on August 9, the National Commission for Women (NCW) has asked Maharashtra Home Minister R.R. Patil to initiate steps to ensure the safety of women.

“The Maharashtra Government has already taken a number of steps to improve the safety of women in the State. However, we feel a lot more needs to be done to ensure greater safety of women,” NCW member Nirmala Samant Prabhavalkar said in the letter.

“We have noted positively the fact that the Mumbai crime branch arrested the accused within 24 hours of the commissioning the heinous crime. The decision to opt for a trial of the accused in a fast track court is also a welcome move,” the letter stated.

Pallavi Purkayastha, daughter of IAS officer and Agriculture Ministry joint secretary Atanu Purkayastha, was found lying in a pool of blood in her 16th floor apartment at the upscale Himalayan Heights in Wadala by her partner Avik Sengupta on August 9. She was allegedly stabbed to death by apartment security guard Sajjad Ahmed Mughal, who has since been arrested. According to the police, Mughal killed Pallavi for refusing to give in to his advances.

In her letter, Ms. Prabhavalkar also suggested various measures, including background check of the security guards provided by private agencies.

“Security guards agencies are governed by specific laws, but many lapses have been found in the functioning of the agencies. All cooperative housing societies should be asked to do a security audit of their premises in consultation with the local police. Societies should install CCTV cameras, intercoms and employ adequate number of able guards.”

“The police should advise housing societies to ask all their members to take extra precautions like installation of double safety doors. Local police stations should take quarterly meetings with office-bearers of societies in order to redress their grievances with regard to safety and security issues.”

The letter adds further: “At present, most security guards are not paid adequately. The Labour Department should be directed to ensure that the guards are paid properly and on time.” — PTI


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