Chandigarh: Amid the nationwide outrage over the Delhi gang rape case, Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Monday said the government has initiated steps to ensure safety women and children in the state.

"We have taken a number of steps to check crimes against women and children and plan to introduce more measures to ensure that such incidents (like the Delhi gang rape) do not take place," he told reporters in Chandigarh.

The Chief Minister said directions has been issued to police to file chargesheets within 30 days in all cases involving crimes against women, children and those belonging to the weaker sections.

Further elaborating on the steps initiated by the state government in this regard, Chief Secretary PK Chaudhery said a four-digit women's helpline number 1091 had been activated for Haryana with specially-trained women police officials deputed to attend the toll-free service.

An Additional Director General of Police-level officer has also been appointed to exclusively supervise the measures introduced to check crimes against women and to ensure speedy trial of those accused in such cases, he said.

The ADGP would be reporting to the DGP who in turn has been asked to brief the Home Secretary on a weekly basis about the status of women's safety. Chaudhery said the ADGP would be personally visiting all districts to ensure effective monitoring of probes and court cases involving crimes against women.

A lady police officer of the rank of DSP or Inspector acting as the nodal officer for such offences would also be stationed at all police stations, he added.

As to the prosecution of such cases, Chaudhery said that the state government had requested the Punjab and Haryana High Court to issue directions for fast-tracking of all cases of crimes against women being heard by it.

The High Court has subsequently issued directions to all District & Sessions Judges to ensure expeditious disposal of trials relating to crimes against women, he said.


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