Delhi Lt Guv promises care centres for distressed women



New Delhi: Promising to further improve security for women in the city, Lt Governor Tejendra Khanna on Friday said Delhi Police will soon open a number of care centres for providing temporary accommodation to women in distress.

At a meeting with representatives of a number of leading women's organisations, Khanna -- the administrative head of Delhi Police -- said the force will do everything possible to make women feel secure in the city.

The Delhi Police functions under direct control of the Union Home Ministry and reports to the Lt Governor.

"All the security issues will be addressed to make women feel secure," Khanna said, addressing the third quarterly meeting with the women's organisations where various issues relating to safety were discussed.

Senior police officials present in the meeting gave an account of steps being taken to improve security of women in the wake of the brutal gang-rape of a 23-year-old, which triggered massive public anger across the country.

Khanna said "reception-cum-care" centres are being opened by Delhi Police for providing temporary accommodation to women in distress. He said eight flats have been leased out by Delhi Development Authority for the purpose to Delhi Police.

National Commission for Women in partnership with NGOs will manage and run the "reception-cum-care" centres.

The meeting was attended by several women organisations including Jagari, Chetna, Maitri, Swastik Mahila Samiti, United Nation Women Association, Action NGO India, Justice Surender Bhandare Foundation and United Nations Population Fund.

Officials said the women's organisations appreciated the police efforts' to improve safety following the December 16 gang-rape.

They said the organisations requested that the co-ordination meeting, which was supposed to be held at each of the 161 police stations to address issues relating to women safety, should be held regularly.

Khanna directed the senior officers of Delhi Police present in the meeting to issue instructions to the police stations for convening such meetings with women groups.

"Khanna's efforts to improve security of women were highly appreciated by all the women groups," the officials said.

They said Special Commissioner of Delhi Police Taj Hasan will now hold regular meetings with all women's groups on last Friday of each month in place of Sudhir Yadav, who has been transferred as DGP in Andaman and Nicobar.

PTI