The Delhi government on Friday handed over mahila suraksha dals (Women Protection Force) to curb the crimes against women in the national capital. This was announced by the city’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia.
Both Sisodia and Maliwal addressed the media on Friday to announce the new measure. With This, Maliwal also said that she was bringing her satyagrah to end since Delhi government had announced a major step towards her demands on women’s safety.
Sisodia said that the government would constitute these teams in coordination with the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) adding that the Excise department had been asked to conduct raids to check the illegal sale of liquor in the national capital.
“Rape cases have been reported over the last few days and there is an atmosphere of insecurity. The illegal liquor vendors across the national capital are one of the major reasons behind the increase in the number of crimes against women.
“We have held meetings with the Excise department and asked them to conduct raids to put an end to the illegal liquor business in the colonies and jhuggis (slums), on the basis of inputs given by the DCW,” Sisodia was quoted by PTI.
Maliwal has been leading a campaign on improving women’s safety in Delhi for over 10 days. She had even met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh asking his ministry’s intervention on crimes against women.
Last week, Maliwal had broken down during a hearing on Nirbhaya case inside the High Court.
The proposal to form Women Protection Force earlier was put on hold due to certain issues. DCW chief Swati Maliwal said as a pilot project, the new force would be formed at three places, which were prone to crimes against women, and then it would be expanded across Delhi.
These Women Protection Forces will comprise representatives of the local community, both men and women, besides civil defence volunteers, and will work at the grassroot-level to address the issue of women’s safety.
The teams will sensitise the people about crimes against women and also help them report such incidents to the police.