• All Share : 48139.69
    UP 0.73%
    Top 40 : 4168.35
    UP 0.84%
    Financial 15 : 13547.30
    UP 0.64%
    Industrial 25 : 54608.14
    UP 0.57%

  • ZAR/USD : 10.5658
    UP 0.15%
    ZAR/GBP : 17.7488
    UP 0.57%
    ZAR/EUR : 14.5987
    UP 0.15%
    ZAR/JPY : 0.1034
    DOWN -0.22%
    ZAR/AUD : 9.8992
    UP 0.30%

  • Gold : 1300.8000
    DOWN -0.14%
    Platinum : 1437.0000
    UNCHANGED0.00%
    Silver : 19.6500
    UP 0.51%
    Palladium : 801.0000
    UP 1.52%
    Brent Crude Oil : 109.580
    DOWN -0.02%

  • All data is delayed by 15 min. Data supplied by I-Net Bridge
    Hover cursor over this ticker to pause.

Thu Apr 17 00:25:25 SAST 2014

Indian state plans 65 all-women police stations

Sapa-AFP | 28 December, 2012 15:21
Demonstrators hold placards as they take part in a protest rally in solidarity with a rape victim from New Delhi in Mumbai December 27, 2012.
Image by: VIVEK PRAKASH / REUTERS

The woman chief minister of India's West Bengal state unveiled plans Friday for 65 all-female police stations, as authorities tried to assuage growing anger over a gang-rape in New Delhi.

"Sixty-five all-women police stations will be set up across West Bengal to deal with crimes against women," Mamata Banerjee, the firebrand leader of the Trinamool party, told a rally in the north of the state.

"Ten of these stations are already functioning," she added.

Banerjee, who was until recently a coalition ally of the main ruling Congress party, also announced that 158 new courts were being set up in the state to fast-track cases involving crimes against women.

Her comments came after the federal government launched a drive to recruit more female officers as a confidence-building measure.

That campaign will start in the capital Delhi, where a 23-year-old student was brutally gang-raped on a bus on December 16, sparking nationwide protests.

The lack of women officers has been widely blamed for the failures of some police forces to thoroughly investigate allegations of sex crimes. Women currently account for less than one in five Indian police officers.

SHARE YOUR OPINION

If you have an opinion you would like to share on this article, please send us an e-mail to the Times LIVE iLIVE team. In the mean time, click here to view the Times LIVE iLIVE section.
Thu Apr 17 00:25:25 SAST 2014 ::