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Women safety: ‘Dial 100’ launch may be advanced

Statesman News Service | Chandigarh |

With the spurt in crime against women, Haryana government intends to advance the launch of its ‘100 Dial Scheme’ to reduce criminal cases and to provide fair justice to victims.

Under the ‘100 Dial Scheme’, when a victim would contact the police control room, he or she would get police assistance within 15 minutes in any area of the state.

Initially 600 vehicles would be provided by the state government to police and each district would get 30 to 35 vehicles.

The foundation stone of the scheme at Panchkula recently and about Rs 153 Crore would be spent under it. The scheme is likely to be implemented from November 1, 2018 but given the recent spurt in the crime against women, the state governments intends to pre-pone the launch of the scheme by a few months.

Official sources said efforts are being made to pre-pone the launch of ‘Dial 100’ so that police response time to crime against women could be improved.

Following the three rape incidents – in Jind, Panipat and Faridabad – in just four days. the state government has already decided to centralise its Women Helpline number-1091 to provide 24-hour immediate response to any women in need across Haryana.

Haryana Director General of Police, BS Sandhu, has directed all field units to take the cases of crime against women and children at utmost priority and put the best resources available with them to prevent and detect such offences.

Addressing the senior district functionaries of the police department through a video-conference on Tuesday, he directed that no missing report should be taken casually and prompt action initiated.
There should be close monitoring at the level of Superintendent of Police (SP) and Range Inspector Enrage of Police (IGP) thus sending a clear message to all field officers, Sandhu said.

He said that the police is serious about the safety and security of every citizen, specially women and children and under no circumstances, any lapse or negligence on part of any staff and official of any rank would be tolerated while dealing with such cases.

The DGP directed all Senior Superintendent of Police (SSPs) and Commissioners of Police to ensure security and patrolling near all women colleges and school. They were also asked to closely monitor the investigation and trial of heinous cases of Crime against women till finalization by courts.

Besides he directed the all district SP’s and DCP’s to personally monitor cases of crimes against women particularly of minors and ensure prompt action on complaints being received on the helpline.