Shillong,March 21: Despite the uproar over Nirbhaya case, there is no respite to the crime incidents involving women, the special DGP, I. Nongrang lamented on Monday.
Speaking at the one-day symposium on women’s safety, Nongrang said even in a state like Kerala where there is the best human resource development, crime against women is rampant.
Commenting on the state situation, Nongrang said the police have been able to crack down on organised violence or insurgency related violence but other things like violence by intimate partners, violence in the workplace, violence in public places, and women’s safety are still a cause of concern.
Nongrang informed that there are 16 laws to address various issues pertaining to women and 13 rights which are guaranteed to all women under the the constitution. “Despite the plethora of laws and regulations the question arises as to why we have symposiums and awareness programmes when in fact the crimes against women have not gone down in any way rather it has seen an increase”, she said.
Despite Meghalaya being a matrilineal society, there has been no reduction in the trend, she added.
Deputy Inspector General of Police(CID) Dalton Marak presented a grim picture as far as safety of women and children in the state is concerned due to the increase in number of crimes against women.
Police Training School, Umran conducted the symposium sponsored by Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D), New Delhi, at the State Convention Centre.
The inaugural function was followed by sessions on the topics: legal provision & latest amendment Act relating to women & children, overview on POCSO Act 2012, medico legal challenges, prevention of sexual harassment at work place, mechanism to handle sexual harassment at work place, domestic violence Act and presentation of case study on trafficking of women & children.
A panel discussion on investigation of rape & murder cases was also held..