Facing public ire for not doing enough to ensure safety of women, the government, besides promulgating an ordinance, also unveiled a time bound action plan to combat crimes against women that looks at cultivating a gender sensitive response mechanism and putting enforcement agencies under greater accountability.
“Considering these are issues that should be accorded top priority prime minister Manmohan Singh decided that it should be handled by the cabinet secretary and his office directly. All the 27 points proposed in the action plan will be followed up vigorously and the PM hopes it will drastically bring down crime against women,” a senior PMO official said. The action plan conceived by cabinet secretary, Ajay Seth, after a series of meetings with secretaries of union ministries of home, women and child development, transport, human resource development, health, information and broadcasting and department of personnel and training, lists out 27 key initiatives to be achieved across the country in a point time bound manner.
The secretaries have been directed to personally monitor the implementation of these measures and report every month to the cabinet secretary and the prime minister’s office.
The key initiatives of the action plan include posting the details of criminals convicted for crime against women on website, registering of FIR at any police station in serious crimes against women, women only buses across the country, GPS devises in all public transport vehicles countrywide and strict action against police personnel having bias against women.
It also proposes to give immunity to well meaning citizens from interrogation and become witness for reporting crime against women and proposes to put in place a countrywide three-digit number (such as 100) to respond to all emergency situations. This would be on the lines of 911 or 990 Emergency Management Systems in vogue in many developed countries.