New Delhi: Asserting that the time has come to be strict, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Friday said the women component in the police force must be increased.
"The low conviction rate in crime is a cause of worry. The time has come to be strict," he said.
Shinde said the police must take responsibility for protecting women.
"Every police station to have two sub inspectors and ten constables. 418 women sub inspectors and 2508 constables will be recruited in police," he told mediapersons after chairing a conference of chief secretaries and directors general of police (DGPs) of various states here.
Asserting that all DGPs want stricter laws for rape accused, Shinde said there are suggestions that the age for juveniles should be reduced to 16.
He said that he has asked the states to do more motorcycle patrolling.
Shinde earlier today called for introspection by all concerned authorities, particularly police officers to see why crimes against women are on the rise.
Addressing the conference here, Shinde said it is a matter of concern that even after 60 years of Independence, crimes against women, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes have not declined.
"We need a reappraisal of the entire system, the role of all our stakeholders, the adequacy of our laws, the effectiveness of enforcement at the cutting edge level, the need for increased awareness and sensitivity starting at the school level and covering all people residing at the margins of our society," he added.
He stressed that prompt action against criminals can alone bring about respect for law.
Shinde further asked chief secretaries and DGPs to identify barriers in implementation of law, suggest modifications in legislations and procedures and methodology of investigation so that the trial concludes early and guilty are punished in a time bound manner.
Referring to Delhi gang rape incident, Shinde said such kinds of incidents and rage against women and weaker sections of society must be curbed strictly.
The daylong conference is discussing issues regarding crimes against women and atrocities against the weaker sections, institutional mechanisms and capacity building and Standard operating procedures (SOPs), amendments in the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 and Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2012.
The conference has been called in the wake of gang-rape and brutal attack on a 23-year-old medical student in Delhi last month that has evoked nation-wide outrage. She died in a Singapore hospital last week.