The state government has worked out a rehabilitation package for survivors of sexual assault and other forms of violence and it will be soon sent to the Cabinet for approval. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said this after MLC Neelam Gorhe,advocate Varsha Deshpande and other members of a state-level committee set up to combat violence against women met him on September 4 and submitted a list of demands for welfare of women.
In a statement issued here,Gorhe said a signature campaign to prevent violence against women would be taken up from September 9-25 and representatives of various trade unions and other organisations would be invited to be part of the state-level committee. She said 91.78 per cent of the total cases of crimes against women registered with the state police was still unsolved.
In 2011,Mumbai,Nashik,Solapur,Pune,Aurangabad,Amravati,Nagpur,Thane and Navi Mumbai saw 81,832 cases pertaining to violence against women. According to the state CID report,Nagpur,Pune,Mumbai,Nashik,Aurangabad,Solapur,Amravati and Ahmednagar have registered 1,002 rape cases. At least 53 per cent of the girls are minors.
Besides raising the demand for a rehabilitation package for survivors of rape and acid attacks,Gorhe urged the CM to ensure that rape accused did not get bail easily.