Haryana is creating a “hall of shame” by putting on an official website names of some 6,000 people convicted for crimes against women over the years.

The names of those convicted in cases related to crime against women, including rape, molestation and dowry deaths, in the past 13 years will be put up on the official website of the Haryana Police Crime Record Bureau and also on various social networking sites, including Facebook, a senior police officer said here on Friday.

The Haryana Police have started the process of putting names, addresses and crime details of around 2,500 convicted rapists in the past decade on the website, the officer said, adding that the process will be completed by January 10.

“The motive of putting the names in public domain is twofold — one, to make society at large aware of such persons in their neighbourhood; and, second, the action is part of unusual steps to check such crimes,” said Director, State Crime Record Bureau, Madhuban (Karnal) Laik Ram Dabas.

The action by the Crime Bureau, a wing of the Haryana Police, came in the wake of rising number of cases of rape and other crimes against women in the State and against the backdrop of the brutal gang-rape of a 23-year-old girl in Delhi who later died in Singapore.

Mr. Dabas said that by January 10 names of around 6,000 people convicted by various courts in Haryana for four types of crimes, including rape in the past 13 years will be put up on the website .

After that the names would also be put up on social networking sites, including Facebook and Twitter by opening links, he added.

Besides 2,500 people convicted of rape, the other convictions involved 1,000 people, including 100 women in dowry death cases, 1,000 people in cases of cruelty against women and 1,500 people for outraging modesty of women.

“Since the usual steps have been found to be insufficient in containing such crimes, unusual steps were needed to tackle the problem,” he said, adding, that putting the names of the convicts in public domain was one such unusual step. - PTI