In the wake of the December 16 gang-rape, the Delhi Government has asked all its departments to look into aspects of women’s safety. It is also planning to bring out a booklet on the issue and the schemes being implemented to empower women. It has also suggested that a book on moral values be brought out for school students.

This was stated by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit at a meeting with the office bearers of various non-government organisations and women activists on the steps being taken to make the Capital safer for women. She said the booklet on women’s safety would be distributed on the International Women’s Day on March 8.

The meeting was also attended by Delhi Woman and Child Development Minister Kiran Walia, Member (Planning Commission) Sayeeda Hamid and Chairman of Delhi Commission for Women Barkha Singh, among others.

Ms. Dikshit said for the welfare of the victim’s family, the Government has paid them Rs.15 lakhs. Besides, a flat would also be provided to the family in Dwarka.

The Chief Minister said the dedicated helpline for women in distress, which was set up, has stabilised and was now receiving around 2,000 calls per day. “Effective coordination between 181 and 100 has also been established,” she said.

In the police, she said, there was a need to train more women so that women have a greater sense of comfort and security while registering complaints.

“The Delhi Government has started discussion with a security company called e-move to provide a reliable set-up for women to contact police and other agencies in case of any danger to their dignity. The company has assured their set-up would make use of global positioning system for this,” she said.

Regarding safety on public transport, she said the conductors and drivers would be trained to be more polite with the passengers. “The training must be continuous and it should be institutionalised. The revival of alarm button in the buses was also discussed,” she said. The Chief Minister also mentioned how at the instance of her government five fast-track courts had been constituted, but there was need for more.

The issue of auto drivers refusing to take passengers was also raised in the meeting. A suggestion was also mooted to have more working women’s hostels and to constitute a committee to study the functioning of existing homes.

Apart from this, Ms. Dikshit said, the Delhi Government had reinforced guidelines for rapid response by hospitals in case of medico-legal case examination of sexual assault victims.

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