20% rise in crimes against women: DGP

ITANAGAR, Apr 16: There are 1,10,000 cases pending in various police stations across the state, with over a 20 percent rise in crimes against women during 2014-18.
This was informed by Director General of Police (DGP) SBK Singh on the inaugural day of a two-day training programme on women’s safety and security, which began at Dera Natung Government College (DNGC) here on Tuesday.
Addressing over 100 participants, mostly young girls and women from DNGC, the Oju Welfare Association and SHGs, Singh also informed that female police officers are being used as investigating officers, besides training being provided to NGO representatives to curb crimes against women.
The DGP cautioned young girls against “accepting digital friendship without physical verification,” and to be cautious about their safety and security. He also advised them to exercise caution and verification while applying for jobs or attending interviews.
“The police department also offers self-defence training, and is planning to conduct awareness programmes at all educational institutions,” he said.
Itanagar DSP Degio Gumja highlighted the rising cases of crimes against women, their causes, and steps to prevent them.
“Parents need to be responsible and understand the changes in the behaviour of their young daughters on being victims of sexual crimes,” he said.
Stating that lack of awareness is the primary cause of such crimes, Gumja exhorted the participants to understand the legal protections provided to women and girls.
He also demonstrated ways to use the Arunachal Suraksha mobile app, and provided the Itanagar women police station’s number: 9774514616.
Women Helpline (WHL) floor supervisor Dogin Yami informed that the WHL has received over 7,000 calls since it was set up on 1 April, 2015.
Those in need can call the toll-free number, 181, she said.
DNGC principal Dr NT Rikam suggested “covering physical security and empowerment aspects for the benefit of the participants.” He also exhorted women to change their attitude with the changing times, and to be self-dependent.
Law Deputy Secretary Dani Belo expressed regret over the state’s prevailing situation, particularly over polygamy, lack of equal participation while making policy decisions, and denial of constitutional rights.
Vishwa Yuvak Kendra (VYK) programme officer Rajeev Nirmal, National Youth Project (NYP) president HP Biswas and NYP vice president Pradeep Kumar also spoke.
The programme was organized by the NYP.