Fast-track courts to come up in AP to try rape cases
In the wake of public outcry over the gangrape incident in the state capital a few days ago, chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Friday agreed to set up fast track courts to try such cases in the state including the present one under the Nirbhaya Act.
Reiterating that safety of women employees is the top priority of the government, the chief minister directed the police to initiate measures for safety of women employees particularly those working in IT companies.
The chief minister reviewed the case at a high-level meeting here and directed the officials to step up safety measures in IT corridor, Outer Ring Road, Gachibowli and surrounding areas under Cyberabad limits.
He directed chief secretary PK Mohanty to constitute a committee to suggest measures for the safety of women employees. He also wanted the committee to come up with a long-term plan as well.
Kiran Kumar asked the chief secretary to write a ‘reminder letter’ to the Prime Minister requesting for a comprehensive surveillance system for Hyderabad.
Among the short-term and long-term measures proposed were installation, maintenance and continuous monitoring of the CC camera systems, visible policing, extra checkposts in the IT corridor, policing on the ORR, barricading, vehicle checking, colour coding of taxis, registration of all the autos and taxis with the police, establishment of pre-paid taxi, auto centres in the vicinity of IT corridors, increasing public transport, MMTS-RTC bus connectivity, electronic toll gate management, high-traffic management systems on ORR, survey of working women’s hostels, service hostels etc.
The chief minister has also asked the officials to expedite work related to the implementation of Public Safety Act, which was recently passed by the state Legislature.
Kiran Reddy appealed to all the sections of the society to take up awareness campaign about safety and security measures, do’s and Don’ts as many of the women IT employees come from rural areas. He also asked the officials to take up extensive campaign through electronic, social and print media, besides awareness meetings in IT companies.
Ministers Botcha Satyanarayana, Ponnala Lakshmaiah, Anam Ramanarayana Reddy and police officials were among those present.
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