Date: 20 September
GUWAHATI, Sept 20 – Condemning the recent incidences of sexual violence on women and girl child in Kokrajhar, Karbi Anglong, Guwahati, Morigaon and other places, the North East Network (NEN) asked the State Government to adopt exclusive gender sensitive policy measures to strengthen the safety of women and girls in public places.
In a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup Metro, the organisation asked the Government to take immediate steps to set up fast track courts to freely and fairly investigate sexual crimes against women, to immediately install functional women’s helpline in the State with equal accessibility in rural and urban areas and to establish task force at block and district levels with adequate gender representation to prevent any form of violence against women.
“While laws are in place, there has to be attitudinal change in mindsets beginning from homes to institutions towards women and girls. It is with a combination of State obligation and public responsibility that such violence against women can be prevented,” said a statement.