New Delhi: Against the backdrop of the shocking Delhi gang rape, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said states should sensitise police forces to show special care in tackling crime against women.
Calling for collective efforts to change societal values with respect to women, Singh asked the governors of states and Union territories to guide their governments in this direction.
Addressing a Governors' Conference here, the Prime Minister stressed on the need to sensitise the police forces towards showing special care in dealing with crimes against the weaker sections of the society, including women, SC/STs, minorities and children.
"There is also a need to induct more women in our police forces. I urge the governors to guide their state governments in this direction," Singh said.
Noting that the horrific incident of gang rape here on December 16 had shaken the collective conscience of the country, he said the government has been prompt in acting on the recommendations of the Justice JS Verma Committee by promulgating an ordinance to strengthen laws to deal with crimes of sexual assault of an extreme nature against women.
The 23-year-old victim had died in a Singapore hospital on December 29.
Singh also urged the governors to pay particular attention to the effective implementation of the provisions of the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) and the Forest Rights Act.
He said the governors have a direct and critical role in ensuring speedy development of Scheduled Areas.
"These constitutional arrangements have played a very significant role in addressing the long standing demands and aspirations of our tribal brothers and sisters, especially those belonging to the North East," Singh said.