As per National Crime Records Bureau 2015, 36,712 rape cases have been reported. In the light of the recent Moti Bagh rape case, the citizens are once again awakened to the ruthlessness with which such crimes are committed with impunity. It reflects a brazen and callous attitude towards law and order by those who perpetrate crimes.
In this context of growing dangers for women and girls in the cities of India , a discussion between social, legal, police and executive stakeholders on ‘Creating Safe Cities: Strategic Interventions and Innovative Response Mechanisms’ has been organized by the Centre for Social Research on 20th December 2016. The agenda is to make concrete evidence and best practices’ based suggestions for improving safety and security of women.
The National Conference would develop concrete understanding of interventions in infrastructure, policing and community responsibility towards extending socio-legal protection to women and supporting the survivors. Towards the same, recommendations and actions points would be drafted as inputs for making city safer by initiating an inter-sectoral dialogue between social, legal and executive stakeholders.
The discussion agenda of the conference would cover women’s safety in mobility and creating safe infrastructure at workplace. The conference would conclude by arriving at action points and recommendations from all stakeholders who are active social citizens and those that are responsible for or influence levels of citizen safety in cities. Public transport infrastructure and workplaces would be focal points for analyzing women’s safety in mobility. Cyber security, sexual harassment at workplace and enabling infrastructure for vulnerable populations (Elderly, differently abled, Women and Children) would be the focal points for understanding need gaps in safe infrastructure creation.
The expected participants for the conference are Ms. Sundari Nanda (Spl. C.P. – Women Safety, Airport and Modernization), Mr. Praveen Sood (Additional Director General of Police Administration), Mr. B.K Singh (Additional Commissioner Traffic), Ms. Lalitha Kumaramangalam (Chairperson – National Commission for Women), Ms. Sharmishta Mukherjee (Indian National Congress), Prof. Dr. Anand Kumar (Prominent professor of Sociology, JNU and member of Swaraj Abhiyan Party) and Ms. Swati Maliwal (Chairperson, DCW), Smt. Kamlesh Panchal (Chairperson Haryana State Commission for Women).
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