States seek stricter punishment for rapists

Last Updated: Sun, Jan 06, 2013 15:40 hrs

New Delhi, Jan 6 (IANS) The conference of state directors general of police and chief secretaries has suggested a slew of measures to combat crimes against women, an official press release said Sunday.

These include increasing punishment in cases of gang-rape, fast-track courts for crimes against women, a dedicated helpline for women across the country and bringing down the age of juveniles to 16 from 18.

The conference called for a national database of sexual offenders, gender sensitisation of police, more women police personnel and their deployment at every police station and strengthening forensic capabilities and community policing.

It also suggested amendments in laws.

The conference held Friday was called by the central government in the wake of immense public outcry over the Dec 16 brutal gang-rape of a young woman in the capital and widespread concerns over safety of women. The victim died in a Singapore hospital Dec 29.

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