Mumbai: The Maharashtra government is planning to
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 after a meeting here
yesterday with women`s organisations and NGOs.
There has been a spurt in crimes against women like
dowry harassment, molestation and rape and women who are
victims of rape, molestation and other sexual crimes feel
awkward while reporting these incidents to the local police
stations, the minister said, justifying the move.
"With these special police stations for them, women
would feel at ease to lodge a complaint," he said.
During 2005 and 2008, there were 6,054 cases of rape
and 8,172 people were arrested in connection with these cases.
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 would also set up a toll-free helpline
and provide free legal advice for women, the minister said,
adding the helpline is expected to be operational in a month.