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Press Release

Dated: Aug 11, 2015

  • LG convenes a meeting with NGOs and women’s groups; discusses measures to ensure safety and security of women in Delhi

  • LG welcomes suggestions of women’s groups and organizations, says, “ Safety and security of women are necessary conditions for their greater participation in public life

  • Senior Delhi Police officers attend and share information about initiatives taken to ensure safety of women in Delhi

  • LG directs Delhi Police to ensure greater presence of women personnel in PCRs, streets etc

Lt. Governor Shri Najeeb Jung today held a meeting with various women’s organizations and groups and discussed measures to enhance the safety and security of women in Delhi . The meeting was attended by several women’s groups and NGOs such as Action India, AHAD Society for Welfare and Development, All India Democratic Women’s Association, Breakthrough India, Center for Equality and Inclusion (CEQUIN), Centre for Social Research, Jagori, Justice Sunanda Foundation, Lawyers Collective, MARG, North-East Network, Nirantar, Pratidhi, Jamia’s Sarojini Naidu Centre for Women’s Studies, Delhi University’s Department of Social Work, Swan Chetan, Shakti Vahini and Shakti Shalini among others.

A short presentation was made by Spl. CP (Operation and PCR) Ms. Sundari Nanda on the various initiatives taken by Delhi Police to ensure the security and safety of women in Delhi, which includes, an exclusive Women’s Helpline Number 1091; An Anti-Stalking Service for women , “Himmat” Mobile Safety App for women, the Himmat Whatsapp Group on Phone No. 8800001091, the Hike group and Facebook page for feedback; Deployment of PCR Vans at vulnerable spots including schools, colleges, malls etc; all 161 Police Stations with separate women help-desks, run by women officers; and self-defence trainingbeing imparted to girls, apart from several other initiatives.

The women’s organizations present at the meeting raised concerns about the issues faced by women and girls and shared their views, as also gave constructive suggestions to improve the status of women’s safety and security in the National Capital, which includes the following:

A) To check eve-teasing outside schools, especially during change of shifts

B) To ensure that there are safe toilet facilities for women and girls in schools as also in slums and other colonies

C) Activation of committees against sexual harassment in all sectors, govt., private, media etc

D) Ensuring involvement of community, RWAs in gender sensitization programmes as also de-stigmatizing sexual harassment

E) Activation of Gender Resource Centres

F) Strengthening and convergence of Women’s help-lines

G) Isolated areas to be designated for rape survivors in hospitals

H) Issues of Domestic Violence to be mainstreamed

I) Conducting safety audits of spaces from the perspective of vulnerable areas

While thanking the women’s organizations for their suggestions , it was decided by the Lt. Governor that the issues raised by women’s groups shall be segregated according to the implementing agency, together with deciding on long-term and short-term goals to be achieved and timelines set . This shall be reviewed by the Lt Governor within two months to assess the progress made on decisions taken.

Lt. Governor Shri Jung announced that the women workforce in PCR vans shall be increased to 500 in the coming days so that there is greater presence of women police personnel on the streets.

The meeting ended with the Lt. Governor stating, “Safety and security of women are necessary conditions for their greater participation in public life”. He urged all concerned to work towards the common cause of a gender just Delhi.