Call to introduce police-beats in secluded parts of the Nilgiris

The All India Women’s Conference (AIWC), the Nilgiris Chapter, has welcomed the 13-point action plan proposed by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in the wake of the Delhi gang-rape and various sexual abuse cases reported in other parts of the country.

Lamenting that the rape cases have “reached epidemic proportions in our country”, the president of the chapter Indu K. Mallah observed in a statement issued here on Saturday that the action plan has come, not a day too soon. Though the Nilgiris district has been relatively safe for women, “we cannot afford to be complacent”, she said and added that the AIWC has always worked for the empowerment of women and girls.

Further, being on the Committee for the Prevention of Crime Against Women, the AIWC is working for the protection of women and for speedy justice in the redressal of atrocities against women.

What is of special significance to the Nilgiris district and to the entire State in the Chief Minister’s Plan is the proposal to set up fast-track mahila courts, day-to-day trials, enlisting of women -investigators, and the launch of a help-line for women in distress, she said.

She said that the authorities should introduce police-beats in secluded parts of the district, ensure better implementation of help lines, organise sensitisation programmes for police personnel in dealing with rape victims, and enlist women's non-governmental organisations in implementing the action-plan.

She assured that the AIWC will not hesitate to do its part in the fight against the exploitation of women.

‘AIWC will not hesitate to do its part in the fight against the exploitation of women’

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