Thursday, October 8, 2009

Gender Sensitivity needed in Delhi Police advised CM Sheila Dikshit

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Tuesday said the police should become more gender sensitive ahead of the 2010 Commonwealth Games as a proposal was introduced to set up gender help-desks during the mega-sporting event.

We need a lot of cooperation from the police during the Commonwealth Games. Law and order is essentially a police subject. However, women’s issues take a different slant and hence routine police methods will have to be altered, bringing in sensitivity in handling the problems, said Dikshit.

She was speaking at a function at the Delhi secretariat where a proposal to set up gender help-desks across the city during the Games was introduced by the Delhi Commission of Women (DCW).

The chief minister said it was also important to have a database of taxi drivers to avoid “shameful” incidents of women being sexually assaulted by taxi drivers.

We have had a few very unfortunate shameful incidents of tourist women being sexually assaulted by taxi drivers and others. These security concerns have to be addressed. We have to create database of taxi service providers so that each transport facility is made accountable for safety, Dikshit said.

Such a database would also provide security against other crimes like robbery, she added.