The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh emphasised the need to put in place institutional mechanism to ensure safety of women and children and also strengthen community policing to prevent crimes. Addressing top police brass,Singh said the tragic rape and murder of a young girl in Delhi last December not only brought into focus the issue of womens safety but also the rising expectations of the people from the police.
We have recently enacted several laws providing stringent punishment for such crimes and more sensitive treatment of victims during investigation and trial. We also need to put in place other institutional mechanisms to ensure the safety and security of women and children. I expect the DGPs of states to show leadership in this area, he said.
His remarks came in the midst of controversy over the alleged sexual assault on a woman colleague by Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal.
The PM,however,did not elaborate what the institutional mechanism would be. After the December 16 incident,the government had amended various provisions of law and strengthened those related to crime against women and children. Singh also focussed in the growing challenges of policing in metropolitan areas.
Singh said,The process of rapid urbanisation that we have witnessed in the past few decades will further accelerate in the future. Factors like the anonymity offered in the urban landscape,individualistic lifestyles and floating populations make the detection of metropolitan crimes difficult,and therefore we need special techniques to tackle this growing menace.
While urging the police to institutionalise community policing,Singh said,There is a need to place greater emphasis on community policing which not only helps in the prevention and detection of crimes but also encourages citizens to associate themselves with the local police in solving neighbourhood problems,thus generating greater public confidence in our police forces.