Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan Tuesday assured the National Commission for Women (NCW) that steps were being taken to boost the morale of women police staff,and that the Azad Maidan rioters would face stringent punishment.
An NCW delegation led by chairperson Mamta Sharma met Chavan,Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh and senior police officers and expressed concern over the events of August 11,during which women police officers were manhandled.
Chavan said the attack on the police was condemnable and serious,and that arrests had been made for the violence in which two people died.
Sharma submitted a memorandum to Chavan taking cognizance of incidents in which some women police staff were allegedly molested. The NCW submitted eight suggestions to the police chief,including seeking a fast-track court to try the culprits,and providing better facilities for women personnel.
The committee also met Inspector Shalini Sharma and Assistant Police Inspector Anagha Satwase who are part of the special investigation team formed by Crime Branch to record statements of women constables who were attacked.
We have asked for a special public prosecutor and adequate financial compensation for women personnel who were injured during the violence. We have recommended that lightweight body shields and jackets should be given to personnel on bandobast duties, an NCW member said.
The member said the delegation had also recommended that womens hostels,adequate washrooms and daycare centres be provided to women personnel.