CHANDIGARH, MARCH 3
Haryana Police has formulated a new policy to protect those who work under Right to Information Act as well as complainants and witnesses of heinous crimes.
Additional Director General of Haryana Police Mr K. Selvaraj said this at Kalka, near here today. He said that under this policy, the struggling victims of sexual harassment and their witnesses are also provided protection. He said that Haryana State Legal Services Authority has prepared a scheme to provide legal aid to victims of sexual assault and other crimes against women and children. Under this scheme, apart from deputing lady advocates, District Legal Services Authorities have been directed to provide legal assistance to the victims of sexual assault and other crimes against women and children.
He said that in order to curb incidents of crime against women, Police Control Room (PCR) vehicles exclusively staffed by women police officials have been deployed in each district to help women in distress. As many as 30 such PCR vans are already functional in the state. He said that they respond promptly to calls from women regarding complaints of crime and provide protection and immediate medical aid, if required. These PCR vans continuously patrol at places prone to crime against women. Apart from traffic police and women police stations, separate desks have been set up in all police stations in the state to redress the grievances of children. Trained police officials have been appointed at these desks, he added.
He said that a four digit women helpline number 1091 has been activated in all districts of the state and specially trained women officials have been deputed to attend this number. He said that this helpline has been widely publicized and middle and senior level officers monitor the functioning of the helpline. They ensure that prompt and appropriate action is taken on each and every complaint received, he added.