Mumbai: The Maharashtra government will soon
set up special police stations and helpline for women in
Mumbai and eight other police commissionerates in the state,
Minister of State for Home (rural) Nitin Raut said.
"Every district would also have a similar police station.
These police stations will be managed by women police
personnel," the minister told reporters on Friday after
meeting women`s organisations and NGOs.
Justifying his decision, the minister said that women
feel awkward while reporting incidents of rape, molestation
and other sexual crimes to the local police.
"With these special police stations for them, women
would feel at ease to lodge a complaint," he said.
Between 2005 and 2008 a total of 6,054 cases of rape were
registered and 8,172 people arrested for the same in the
The police commissionerates which would have special
police stations for women include Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai,
Pune, Amravati, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Nashik and Solapur.
The government will also set up a toll-free helpline
to provide free legal advice to women, the minister said,
adding the helpline is expected to be operational within a