Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik has directed the police to give priority to crimes against women, children, dalits and tribals. He gave the directive at the 65th State Police Duty Meet-2017 in Cuttack on Monday (Sept 18).

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Talking about various women-oriented initiatives, he said, “We have put in place systems for close monitoring of crimes against women and launched various campaigns to trace and rehabilitate missing children within and outside the state,” The New India Express reports.

Patnaik praised the Odisha police, saying they have made excellent strides in investigating cyber crimes. He also spoke about how the police are handling economic offences in an effective manner. He also lauded the Economic Offences Wing and Special Task Force for busting organised crime.

“We have put in place systems for close monitoring of crimes against women and launched various campaigns to trace and rehabilitate missing children within and outside the state,”- Naveen Patnaik

He mentioned that government has passed tenders for three new Cyber Crime police stations at Rourkela, Sambalpur and Berhampur. Some more police stations in various areas of the state are also in the pipeline.

He also awarded winners at the police meet and urged the attendees to retrospect on the points spoken about at the programme.

Women’s empowerment and safety now takes precedence in other states as well. Recently, UP police along with the state government organised a discussion on various aspects of crimes against women. Sexual harassment, cyber harassment, human trafficking and child abuse are the four areas that the stakeholders talked about. Some stakeholders like mediapersons, police officials, NGO workers took part in the meet. They discussed the problems and solutions of these crimes.

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