Provide safe transportation to women working late: Delhi CM

Last Updated: Sunday, December 5, 2010 - 00:18

New Delhi: With rising concerns over safety
of women following the rape of a Mizo BPO employee, Chief
Minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday directed Labour department to
ensure that women working late in the evening are provided
safe transportation by their employers.

Dikshit, at a meeting to discuss ways and means to
ensure safety of women in the city, asked the Labour
department to approach all BPOs, media houses, hospitals to
provide safe transportation to women to go back home in the
evening.
She said women whose work hour goes beyond 7 pm in
winter and 8 pm in summer should be given transportation by
the employers.

In addition, the government will consider setting up of
a special court to prosecute those involved in rape cases as
suggested by the representatives of North East women.

The meeting was attended by Women and Child Welfare
Minister Kiran Walia, Chairperson of Delhi Women Commission
Barkha Singh, Principal Home Secretary J S Patnaik and top
officials of Delhi Police, besides representatives of NE
women.

The meeting was convened to coordinate efforts of all
concerned agencies to ensure safety of women in the city.

Dikshit also directed concerned agencies to publicise
all helpline numbers as well issued direction to display these
numbers on DTC buses.
In the meeting, Delhi Police assured that its
supervisors will remain available on its helpline numbers and
try to overcome language barrier being faced during calls made
by NE women in distress.

Officials said DCW has a round the clock help line
23370557 and a toll free number 1800-11-9292 to provide help
to women in distress.

Representatives of police said they will take steps to
ensure that language barrier does not come into play while
understanding problems of NE women by its help line operators.

The MCD is being requested to install proper signages
and make functional street lights in all those areas where NE
women have been putting up in large number.

It was also decided to instruct RWAs and local police to
show the identity card by the women returning to their
colonies in odd hours to control unauthorised entry of
vehicles.

Officials said Dikshit will have another round of
consultation with North East MPs Forum soon. She had met the
forum representatives yesterday.

Police on Thursday announced that they have nailed the
culprits of the Dhaula Kuan rape incident and said they would
ask BPOs to enforce strict safety measures while dropping
their women staff.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, December 5, 2010 - 00:18

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