VISAKHAPATNAM: The city police are taking all precautionary measures to ensure protection of women by way of opening special women police station, running a helpline (1091) for working women and opening three kiosks, said deputy commissioner of police Thrivikram Verma.
Addressing the International Women’s Day function organised by GITAM University Women Empowerment Cell here Saturday, the DCP said that the department has appointed women receptionists in all police stations to create a friendly atmosphere for women. Though the police launched a mobile application, ‘Abhayam’ to report eve-teasing and harassment complaints in the city, no one was utilising these facilities, he averred.
Women trafficking cases were high in tribal areas of the district because of the tribal family system. The department was solving the problem with the help of NGOs. So far, 20 cases were registered against pasting of obscene posters in public places and special focus was being laid on cyber crimes, he informed.
“We developed a mechanism to curb cyber crimes like publishing objectionable films in Youtube, etc. The department is not registering cases, which are related to married couple because we want to solve family problems through counselling. Post Nirbhaya incident, many amendments have been brought to protect women,” he addd.
Andhra Medical College former principal Kalpana Subrahmanyam observed that crime against women was increasing in North India because of nuclear family system. “Though women were equally multi-tasking with men, they were facing severe stress, particularly those aged between 32 and 58 years.”
GITAM University vice-chancellor G Subrahmanyam, Women Empowerment Cell chairperson P Sheela and convener Kasimbi were present. As part of the International Women’s Day celebrations, the varsity NSS wing and Abhaya Girl Student Wing jointly organised a rally on women safety and presented a street play.