Telangana govt mulls stronger legislation to curb crimes against women in the state

On the recommendations of a high-level committee, the Telangana government is mulling bringing in a legislation, which may recommend stringent punishment for perpetrators of crimes against women, during the upcoming assembly session. Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao made the intentions of his government clear during a party meeting at Telangana Bhavan on Sunday. Telangana police sources said the high-level committee, led by IAS officer Poonam Malkondaiah, has already given its preliminary report to director-general of police (DGP) Anurag Sharma and the state government about the measures to be taken to uphold the safety of women.

The recommendations made by the committee includes establishment of women police stations in each division, both in Hyderabad and Cyberabad. Recently, a dedicated women police station was started in the Gachibowli IT corridor.

“In 30 days from now, you will see how the police will react even for a small incident against women. If need be, we will come up with an Act in the budget session for the safety of the women. Rowdy elements will think twice before staring at a girl in the near future,” the chief minister said.

With the TRS government already giving its instructions to the police about the importance it attaches to the security of women, officials are chalking out guidelines to be followed by cops. The Malkondaiah committee, which has already taken views of various sections of the public, might now go to Singapore to study the systems in place and the measures they take for safety of women, both in public places and the workplace. When contacted, additional director-general (Law and Order) Satyanarain said that they have no official communication on the proposed legislation. “The Malkondaiah committee has given its report to the state government. We have no communication till date about any proposed legislation,” Satyanarain added.

Source: The Times of India

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