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Form action plan to make Delhi crime-free for women: HC to govt

Date: 01 August 2019 Tags: Judiciary & Judgments

Context: A Bench of Justices G.S. Sistani and Jyoti Singh asked the city government, the Delhi Police and other stakeholders to prepare an action plan to make the Capital "crime free for women".

Other directions:

  • It also questioned why over 3,000 crore is lying unused in the Nirbhaya Fund, which was announced in 2013, when it “could have been used for installing CCTVs and streetlights”.
  • It also said that a special task force should be formed and police officials be given motorcycles so that they can access dark spots in the city.
  • After considering the suggestions given by advocate Meera Bhatia, who was appointed amicus curiae to assist the court in the case, the Bench asked the Public Works Department to ensure that all streetlights are functional.
  • It further directed that more staff be recruited in 44 police stations. These stations have been identified as having areas under their jurisdiction that have been flagged as vulnerable spots for crime based on a crime-mapping exercise.
  • The Bench said that women police officers in plain clothes be deployed so that repeat offenders are brought to book.
  • It also asked the police to file an affidavit complying with the court’s direction and to submit a monthly report.

Installation of CCTVs so far:

  • The police said that CCTVs had been installed in 179 of 182 police stations.