Telangana police to strengthen responses on issues related to safety and security of women, children

He said this at a meeting convened with the Women Safety Wing ADGP Shikha Goel and WW DIG B Sumathi.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jan 23, 2023 | 8:19 PMUpdatedJan 23, 2023 | 8:19 PM

Telangana women safety

Director-General of Police Anjani Kumar on Monday, 23 January, underscored the need to further streamline and strengthen the police response mechanism.

He said this at a meeting convened with the Women Safety Wing (WSW) Additional Director-General of Police Shikha Goel and WSW DIG B Sumathi to examine the issues related to the safety and security of women and children with the aim to fine-tune the response of the police.

He appreciated the WSW for the work done by it in making Telangana one of the safest and most proactive states with respect to women and child safety.

It was noted that the Women Help Desks (WHDs) were already functional in 750 police stations and more would be set up in the state.

Investigation support for crime against women by bringing existing institutional mechanisms in one place through technology platforms was proposed to be strengthened and streamlined.

An independent 24×7 call centre would be set up to assess the satisfaction with how complaints are dealt with. Bharosa centres are currently working in 12 districts and they would be made functional in the remaining districts in a time-bound manner.

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CDEWs to be made operational

Over 25 Centre Development for Empowerment of Women (CDEWs) would be made operational shortly, to take up counselling services for domestic violence victims in the three Commissionerates in Hyderabad and its suburbs.

The monitoring of trials in sexual offences cases through Bharosa centres had resulted in securing convictions in 23 cases in 2022. Further improvement in conviction percentage would be achieved through systematic identification of cases across the state.

The Anti-Human Trafficking units, which were functional in all 30 units are proposed to have a more focused and targeted approach by the identification of hot spots and creating a repeat-offenders database and taking effective legal action.

SHE Teams have played a major role in curbing eve teasing and various forms of harassment in public places by systematic working across the state. Technology was used on a large scale for dealing with complaints in a time-bound manner.

In 2022, as many as 6,157 complaints were dealt with by the SHE Teams out of which 521 resulted in First Information Reports (FIRs) being registered. SHE Teams conducted 13,471 awareness camps as well.

Anjani Kumar said the state government was according highest priority to crimes against women and children and in order to ensure their safety and security, and the WSW should continue to work closely with all stakeholders.

It was also decided to recognise and reward officers who perform well in the field of crime against women and children.