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Most public places not women friendly, activists tell govt

Friday, 28 December 2012 - 9:19pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI
The need for police reforms such that accountability is fixed on erring officials speedily and to prevent political interference and intervention in cases of violence against women, was also suggested.

Following the outrage over the gang-rape of a 23-year-old in the capital, the Women and Child Development(WCD) ministry on Friday held consultations with legal experts, activists and government bodies to find ways to eliminate violence against women.

In a statement released here, the WCD ministry said that participants were of the view that most public spaces are not designed to be women friendly.

"Street lighting in many cities of India was extremely poor, they said. Also, the absence of women's toilets was a cause of serious concern to women’s safety, some stated. The difficulties were exaggerated in case of disabled women, it was noted," the WCD statement said.

Participants urged political parties to not give membership and tickets to persons with criminal records. There were also suggestions for gender-sensitivity training of public representatives, the statement added.

Earlier WCD minister Krishna Tirath has sought suggestions for improving the law and order of the city and various parts of the country, amendments in existing laws, need for new laws, gender sensitisation of the youth and related issues.

Participants were also of the view that narrow definition of the word ‘rape’ in some laws needs to be amended, and a more inclusive definition to cover various other types of sexual crimes needs to be incorporated in the laws, the WCD statement said.

The need for police reforms such that accountability is fixed on erring officials speedily and to prevent political interference and intervention in cases of violence against women, was also suggested.


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