Committee soon for greater coordination

In a bid to have a coordinated approach on women’s safety, a commitee including the Lieutenant Governor, Delhi Commission for Women and police commissioner will be constituted.

The decision was taken after DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal met LG Najeeb Jung on Friday and raised the issue of poor coordination among the Centre,Delhi government and police, leading to a lack of coordinated response towards women’s safety.

“A committee will include Lt Governor, Delhi Police Commissioner, Home Secretary of Delhi government, WCD Secretary and me. It will review the existing women safety measures to check crimes against women in the national capital and will meet twice a month,” Maliwal said after her meeting with Jung.

A meeting will be held either on November 3 or 4 to work out the details, she said.The DCW chief also told the LG that there are 1,500 vacancies in Delhi Police that need to be filled.

She also discussed Delhi Police’s Himmat mobile app for women’s safety. Maliwal on Thursday had met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and had raised the issue of fixing accountability in the police.

“We have certain statistics like only 13 out of 4,000 complaints received by police through the Himmat app were acted upon and chargesheets are filed only in one-third cases, and the rest remain pending. Hence, there needs to be a mechanism to fix accountability of police,” she said.

“I believe there is no synergy or coordination between the Centre, state and Delhi Police. Therefore, there is a lack of a coordinated response in dealing with the issue of women’s safety,” she had said on Thursday.

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