Assam reiterates commitment to fight crimes against women
Guwahati, Mar 12 : The Assam government today assured the state Assembly that it was sincere and serious in combating and checking crimes against women and listed the various steps being pursed to this end.
The matter was raised in the House during the Zero Hour by BPF legislator Kamali Basumatary, who questioned the government over reported growing cases of crimes against women.
Ms Basumatary observed that at the rate at which crimes against women are increasing in the state, Assam would soon earn the dubious distinction of being the state with the most number of such crimes as it is placed only after Madhya Pradesh at present.
Cabinet minister Rakibul Hussain, replying on behalf of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi who holds the Home portfolio, said the government was committed to check this trend and the chief minister's Vision 2016 document has also addressed this issue with gravity.
Enlisting the various measures being pursued, Mr Hussain informed that women cells in 30 police stations have been operationalised during 2012-13 and 30 more women cells will be made functional next year, besides raising Veerangana Company or Women Police.
Each cell will have at least five women personnel, including one of sub-inspector rank.
Besides, Anti-Trafficking units and Juvenille Justice Boards have been set up in accordance with the law, he said.
The minister added that the state government was pursuing handing cases of missing women and girls to the CBI, especially since inter-state human trafficking is a big problem in the state.