The government Thursday outlined a series of steps to tackle atrocities against women, including giving more powers to the National Commission for Women and setting up of crisis centres in every district.
Patriarchal mindset of the society, absence of stringent laws and slow conviction rate are among the several factors which have led to rise in crime against women in the country, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said.
Inspired by Gujarat government, the Centre has urged all the states to provide 33 per cent reservation for women in their police forces to effectively deal with cases of sexual violence and crime against women.
Days after Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi called for treating juveniles accused of heinous crimes like rape on par with adult offenders, the Supreme Court too has pressed for a more stringent Juvenile Justice Act.
Giving voice to his mother and Women and Child Welfare Minister Maneka Gandhi`s statement on amendment of Juvenile Justice Act, the BJP`s Sultanpur MP Varun Gandhi on Monday said that there should be no difference between adults and juveniles in rape cases.
As part of efforts to ensure safety of women, public sector units (PSUs) are being roped in to build toilets, a priority area for NDA government, Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi has said.
Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi said the Centre was ready to launch Rape Crisis Centres across the country that would offer a range of support services for women victims of molestation.