Police chiefs to discuss strategy to stop crimes against women

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 03, 2013 15:50 hrs

New Delhi, Jan 3 (IANS) Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde will Friday address a meeting of chief secretaries and director generals of police to discuss strategies to eliminate violence against women.

The conference will also discuss amendments in the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, and the Criminal Law Amendment Bill, 2012.

The meeting has been called in the wake of gang-rape of a young woman in Delhi that has evoked nation-wide outrage. She died in a Singapore hospital last week.

According to a home ministry release, the conference will be addressed by Shinde, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Kumari Selja, Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath and senior officials from the home ministry.

The conference will look at "challenges in combating crime and strategies at eliminating violence" against women.

It will analyse recent statistics on crimes against women, infanticide and female foeticide, "so-called honour killings", acid attack on women and victim compensation scheme.

The conference will also discuss atrocities against the weaker sections, institutional mechanisms and capacity building, and standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Shinde will also Friday launch pilot programme of Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems - a mission mode project under the national e-governance plan of the government.

CCTNS aims at creating a comprehensive system for enhancing effectiveness of policing through e-governance. The project also includes creation of networking infrastructure for evolution of IT-enabled-state-of-the-art tracking system around 'investigation of crime and detection of criminals'.

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