Emboldening Women, Route To  Healthy Society

Lucknow: Almost every state government across the country makes tall claims regarding women’s safety. But when it comes to figures, all these claims fall flat when it comes to actually creating a safety net around the women folk. But now things seem to be changing for the better in Uttar Pradesh.

According to experts working for women’s safety, many cases related to women remain buried for the sheer shame of one speaking up. Crimes against women have not only become part of the regular discourse seeking solutions, even popular media has tried sending a message to the general public through cleverly crafted campaigns and story plots. According to an estimate, a case of crime against women is registered almost every two minutes in the country even today. And in Uttar Pradesh alone, more than 135 criminal cases related to women are registered every day.

Maintaining its commitment to ensuring the safety and security of women in Uttar Pradesh, the Yogi Adityanath government has attained huge success in curbing crimes against women. Owing to the sustained efforts of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in reducing crimes against women and providing them a safe atmosphere in the state, according to NCRB, the state has secured the first position in the country in the disposal of cases registered under IPC Section-376 and POCSO Act.

In addition, Uttar Pradesh is fifth in the country in completing the investigation process within two months in the FIRs registered in these cases.

The Chief Minister during an important meeting apprised that according to the figures till February 27, 2023, out of 77,044 FIRs registered under Section-376 of IPC and POCSO Act, 75,331 cases (97.80 percent) were disposed of and the state got first place in the whole country.

Uttar Pradesh has secured fifth position with 71.8 percent in completing the investigation process of FIRs registered under Section 376 of IPC and POCSO Act within two months. Similarly, Uttar Pradesh has secured the third position with 0.5 per cent rate of pending investigation for more than two months.

  1. Safe City Scheme

After the Nirbhaya rape case in Delhi, the Central Government had started the Safe City Scheme, in which the city of Lucknow from UP was included in this scheme. On the other hand, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath has expanded this Safe City scheme and implemented it in 17 more cities of the state. Under this scheme, where there is no light, complete arrangement of light has been made. Better care has also been provided for lonely women by emboldening women policemen.

  1. Mission Shakti Yojana

The current Yogi government has started women’s help desks in police stations under the Mission Shakti scheme. According to the government, this women’s help desk has been started so that the aggrieved women can speak freely. Under this, women police personnel are being deployed at the help desk in every police station of the state. The women policemen posted at the women’s help desk have been given the responsibility to be ready to help and protect women at all times.

It is seen that many victimized women and girls do not file complaints against crime even for fear of social reputation and slander. Due to lack of complaint registration and action, many times the morale of the criminals gets high.  In cases related to crime against women, literacy is also important. In some cases, it has been seen that even in the absence of correct information, sometimes criminals are easily released. Also, the victim has to face a lot of scrutiny of the curious.

Good that is being done

Among the other commendable efforts of the state are Women Empowerment Scheme aiming for 90% grant for economic empowerment towards employment. The Digital Bank Sakhi Yojana and add to that the Bhagya Laxmi Yojana  of financial assistance of Rs 50000 with assistance of Rs 15,000 for studies under Kanya Sumangala Yojana. Also a widow pension scheme with a financial assistance of Rs.500 per month

Counterpoint

Statistics suggest lakhs of cases of crimes against women are pending in many courts of the country. The main reason for this is the delay in the judicial system. This delay sometimes breaks the spirits of the victim families. Experts working for women’s safety say that “it is the responsibility of every person to make women feel safe in the changing environment”. At the same time, it has been seen that increasing awareness towards women’s safety and security is also a good change through publicity.

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