Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan on Friday said 160 new women-friendly police stations, attached to circle inspectors` stations, would be opened in the state.
Replying to questions in the assembly, the minister said a system would also be introduced with the help of Social Welfare Department to give legal advice from women advocates
to those approaching these stations.
The `Jana Maithri` scheme of the police would be extended to 100 more police stations. Steps were being taken to fill the existing 1,200 vacancies in the police force which would
make it a `zero vacancy` force, he said.
The government was considering setting up of a new Vigilance Court to dispose off cases in a time-bound manner. The Vigilance department had registered 724 cases in the last
five years, he said.