Waking up to the harsh realities concerning women that emerged in the aftermath of the gang rape and murder of a paramedic student and unprecedented protests, the Centre has constituted a Special Task Force under the chairmanship of union home secretary RK Singh.
Besides looking into the safety issues of women in Delhi, the task force will also review the functioning of the Delhi police on an ongoing basis.
The task force also includes Delhi’s chief secretary, police commissioner, special CP (Traffic), special CP (law & order), Delhi police, chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women, transport commissioner, municipal commissioners of all the zones, excise commissioner and host of other top officials chairperson of New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and Joint Secretary (Union Territories) as members.
As reflected from the wide spectrum of its composition, the task force will look into a host of issues concerning women safety in Delhi and draft practical measures that can be implemented on the ground. Allowed to co-opt any member, which it may deem fit, the task force will also take into consideration the suggestions made by the members of Parliament emerging during the debate on the issue.
Parliament is expected to debate the issue once the three-member commission of inquiry headed by former chief justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Verma submits its report regarding amendments needed in the law to ensure safety of women.
Besides, another commission headed by retired Delhi high court judge Justice (Ms.) Usha Mehra has been tasked by the Centre to enquire into various aspects of the shocking incident of rape and brutal assault of the paramedic woman student in Delhi on December 16 last year. It will identify the lapses, if any, on the part of the police or any other authority or person that contributed to the occurrence and fix responsibility for the lapses or negligence on the part of the police or any other authority or person.