Delhi govt turns proactive to deal with violence against women

Unhappy over the law and order situation, Delhi Government on Tuesday launched a novel initiative under which area-based community groups with special powers will be formed to combat incidents of eve-teasing of women.

Last Updated: Mar 08, 2011, 21:31 PM IST

New Delhi: Unhappy over the law and order
situation, Delhi Government on Tuesday launched a novel initiative
under which area-based community groups with special powers
will be formed to combat incidents of eve-teasing, violence
and harassment of women.

Launching the ambitious scheme on the occasion of
International Women`s Day, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said
the unique initiative has been taken to support those women
who are unable to raise their voice against violence and
atrocities.
The community groups will act swiftly on noticing any
incident of violence or verbal assault against women and
coordinate with police and concerned agencies. Any woman
facing any kind of harassment may contact the community group
of her locality for help and redressal of problem.

Under the `Awaz Uthao` initiative, the government has
already set up community groups for 25 localities comprising
youth members, NGO representatives, educationists, Anganwari
workers and police of the area.

"Awaz Uthao is an effort to ensure safety of women
through engaging with the community and with relevant
authorities and to bring perceptible change in mindset of the
society towards gender issues," Dikshit said.

Dikshit said the programme is being implemented as a
pilot project in 25 localities, mostly comprising families
from weaker sections.
Under `Awaz Uthao`, the community groups will bring
awareness through handouts, street plays, and work with
schools and NGOs to identify safety issues for girls, besides
liaising with local police stations to redress safety concerns
of women.

The groups will also liaise with local health centres
and coordinate with transport authorities to address safety
issues in respect of women. It will also train women for self
defence.

Social Welfare Minister Kiran Walia said the
initiative is aimed at making society more sensitive towards
women issues.

Walia said each group will have a helpline number
through which women can lodge their complaint.

The localities where the groups have been formed
include Subzi Mandi, Keshav Nagar, Rani Garden, Geeta Colony,
East Azad Nagar, Burari Extension, Aman Vihar, Brijpuri, Ganga
Basti Colony Mandoli, Rohini Sector-26, Old Palam Road,
Karawal Nagar, Khajuri Khas, Bawana and Budh Vihar.

The community groups have also been formed for
Bhalswa, Chawri Bazar, Jamia Nagar, Sarai Kale Khan, Mulla
Colony Ghiroli, Chhawla, Madanpur Khadar, Patel Nagar, Burari
and Nand Nagri.

"The groups under will function as watchdogs and take
up issues of violence against women immediately with
appropriate authorities including police," said Walia.

The groups will not only initiate necessary action
after any incident but will also take preventive measures
through a powerful campaign.

The groups will provide urgent response to girls and
women in distress. They will also act as pressure group for
the community.

Police Commissioner B K Gupta assured total support
for the initiative.

PTI