Along with government have also invested in building Infrastructure to ensure the safety of women in public spaces like Street Lights, bus stands, pavements, waiting rooms, public toilets, public transport which are GPS enabled, CCTV. etc. should be safe for women.
In addition, The One Stop Centres and Local Complaints Committee (LCC) should be effectively functioning in every single district.
Initiative taken by Delhi Police for a Safer City
Police Reforms and Support :
Large scale impactful training, robust standard operating procedures for filing FIR, investigation, and charge-sheet, and above all it should be time-bound. This needs strong enforcement amongst the police force. Increasing women’s police force to levels of 30% merits considering. We all know effective police patrolling with speedy response delivers confidence for women’s safety
The fast tracks courts exist only in name, often not in place or not functioning. We need resources and oversight to ensure Fast Track Courts are functioning as planned across the states and country. Gender sensitization of judicial authorities, if required merits training
Special Investigation Units:
For heinous crimes to expedite the investigation process should be ensured.
Capacity training of Prosecutors:
Bails are easily granted without much well-supported arguments by Prosecutors. We need a strong process to ensure evidence, information, and documentation by police are submitted so that bail is not easily granted in violent crimes. Often the perpetrators on bail end up threatening victim and their families leading to serious consequences.
POSH & POCSO :
Implementation of these laws in its letter and spirit and consequences for not implementing these laws should be strongly penalized
24/7 Helpline and Safety Apps with speedy response:
GPS enabled and tracked for effectiveness. Delhi Police have also started the "Himmat" app for women across the city who can easily initiate a distress call to the police in case she feels unsafe any time of the day.
Promote Women’s safety awareness and empowerment
Sustained multi-year programs may include self-defense, leadership skills, educating on law and legal options about women’s safety and empowerment is essential.
This has to be an ongoing agenda. Communication with men is equally important for women’s safety. We need to communicate on both gender equality and sensitivity in all the campaigns and communications, across urban & rural, sectors. Women need to be perceived as strong and equal.
States must use this fund fully and optimally to enable both infrastructure needs for women’s safety and capacity building on gender sensitivity and equality. Currently, it’s grossly underutilized.
Dedicated Position in the Ministry of Women & Child
whose priority should be data-driven, solution led a review of progress on crimes against women and children. Currently, Women and Child Development (WCD) has many responsibilities, and further given law and order is state subject, the gravity of the issue of crimes against women and children does not appear to be strongly addressed in our overall system.
A singular and sustained multi-year focus by Senior Government officials will enable a more streamlined and effective implementation of the process to tackle crimes against women and children. This will be a major confidence-building measure for women’s safety much like Swacch Bharat we need Suraksha Bharat.