Maliwal-led DCW handled thrice as many cases as under ex chief

New Delhi, Sep 20 (PTI) The Delhi Commission for Womendealt with over 11,000 complaints in the last one year, whichis three times the cases it handled under the former chief thepreceding year, according to a report. The annual report of the DCW for the year 2015-16, whichwas released here today, said the women’s panel dealt with11,268 complaints from August 2015 to July 2016, while thenumber of complaints it handled from July 2014 to July 2015was 3,498. "In a span of seven months since February this year, thecommission handled over 2.21 lakh calls on 181 women helplineand took suo motu action in 208 cases," the report said. DCW chief Swati Maliwal, who has been at loggerheads withher predecessor Barkha Shukla Singh, has cited the figures inthe past too to draw parallels between the work done duringthe tenures of the two. Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, who waspresent at the report launch, said, "We often take exceptionto the reference of Delhi as a rape capital, but we should notshy away from accepting that. There is a need not for changingthe image of the city but the mindset which leads to suchcrimes." Union Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi alsostressed the need for changing people’s behaviour and workingtowards making the city safe for women. "From January 1, all mobile handsets will have a panicbutton which the user can press in emergency. Not only it willsend a message to the nearest police station but also 10 otherpeople who are in the proximity. For the mobile handsets whichhave been in market before that, we are trying to set up fewcentres where the arrangements can be made," she said. The report said the commission has made 55 policyrecommendations to the government during the period, while theprevious team had made only one recommendation. PTI GJS GVS RTGVS


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