New Delhi: Over 09 lakh cases registered for crimes against women, including rape, from 2014 to 2016, Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.
A total of 339,457 cases were registered in 2014, 329,243 in 2015 and 338,954 cases for various crimes against women, including rape, were registered in 2016, the minister said in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.
The minister said the Union Government has taken various steps for increased safety of women including Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018 put in place a regime which prescribes stringent punishment against rapes, including death penalty.
"Government has undertaken a project for developing an Emergency Response Support System based on a pan-India 24x7 Helpline Number 112, and accessible through call/SMS/email/panic button etc", the minister said.
"Government has issued advisories to States/UTs to take measures for prevention of crimes against women, stressing on mandatory registration of FIRs, providing on-line complaint filing system, increasing representation of women in Police, gender sensitization of police, deployment of Special Mahila Police Volunteers, activating victim compensation fund, setting up of Anti-human Trafficking units and others", he added.
"A separate portal for Cyber-Crime against women and children has been commenced", the minister said.
The minister said modernization and capacity building of forensic labs has also been undertaken in order to facilitate better investigation and prosecution in rape cases.
"The Government has approved safe-city projects for 8 cities to put in place comprehensive infrastructure, technological and community based interventions for women safety, and has also commenced development of a National Database on Sexual Offenders to facilitate investigation and tracking of sexual offenders across the country", the minister said.
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