Haryana Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya while addressing the second day of the first session of the 14th Haryana Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on Tuesday expressed his concern over crimes against women in the state. He said that the government has an aim to ensure safety for women for which it intends to set up four dedicated fast track courts and 12 special fast track courts. This will expedite the trial of cases relating to crime against women and of sexual offences against children, respectively.

He also promised that the newly-formed government will soon release a comprehensive action plan to tackle sexual and gender-based violence. Arya also talked about ensuring gender equality and empowering young girls and women.

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“The efforts of the state in implementing ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ have been duly recognised by the Centre. Safety of women shall continue to be the priority of the government,” he said in his address.

Arya called for an increase in the number of women police personnel and CCTV cameras to be installed in public spaces to curb crimes against women.

In May this year, Haryana DGP, in his response to the Haryana Human Rights Commission questioning about the increasing crimes against women in the state, mentioned that that state’s four-digit helpline number 1091 for women and the initiative of deputing all women employees and officials to attend as well as take action on the complaints against sexual harassment, TOI reported.

The report submitted by the DGP also talked about the three-point action plan, preventing sexual harassment in public places and mass transport through uniformed patrolling, deploying decoys in plain clothes and enlisting volunteers to support the police as well as to empower women through self-defence programme.

Apart from women’s safety, the Haryana governor also pitched for efficient, responsible and corruption-free governance by carrying forward the ideal policy of ‘Haryana Ek-Haryanvi Ek’. He also talked about drug abuse in the state and said, “Strict legal action sale and distribution of drugs will be taken along with expansion in services relating to de-addiction and rehabilitation.”

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“The efforts of the state in implementing ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ have been duly recognised by the Centre. Safety of women shall continue to be the priority of the government,”

“A comprehensive plan of action will be drawn to control and prevent drug abuse. This will include constituting a special task force, building strong intelligence network, increasing de-addiction centres, rehabilitation facilities and extensive community mobilisation,” he added.

The assembly also paid tribute to former Union Ministers Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and other luminaries and martyrs from the state who passed away between the end of the monsoon session of the previous assembly and the beginning of the current session of the newly constituted House.

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