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Home Ministry creates seperate division to deal with women related issues

New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry has announced that it has a created special division for issues related to women safety.

In a released statement, the Home Ministry said that “The wing or the division would deal with all aspects of women safety in coordination with the relevant ministries, departments and the state government.”

The new division will deal with subjects like crimes against women, SCs & STs, crimes against children, elderly persons, anti-trafficking cell, matters relating to prison legislation and prison reforms, all schemes under NIRBHAYA fund, Crime and Criminal Tracking and Network System (CCTNS) and the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).

In order to address offences against women, particularly rape, in a time-bound manner, the division would focus to enhance the capacity of the existing administrative, investigative, prosecution and judicial machinery, along with appropriate measures for rehabilitation of victims and bringing attitudinal changes in society, a Home Ministry statement said.

Senior IAS officer  Punya Salila Srivastava is been appointed to head this division as a joint secretary.

It was considered to create a national mission for the safety of women, with the participation of stakeholder ministries and departments, who would undertake specified actions in a time-bound manner.

These included setting up of Special Fast Track Courts (FTCs), strengthening of forensic setup and building up of a national registry of sexual offenders, appointing additional public prosecutors, and providing appropriate medical and rehabilitation facilities to victims.

Issues like sensitisation of children through appropriate changes in school curriculum, a media campaign for raising awareness, checking proliferation of pornography materials and online contents etc. will also be addressed.

The national mission for the safety of women would result in giving a credible response to emerging situation of crimes against women, especially minor girls, focus on the time-bound implementation of measures with a tangible impact on women safety, the statement said.

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