Speed up probe into sexual offences against women, children: Shah

The investigation into sexual crimes against women and children should be speeded up, Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah said on Saturday, states should appoint a female Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), preferably a woman, to monitor such cases.

He was addressing the 25th Meeting of Council of Western Regions, Interstate Forum comprising Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Union Territories of Dadra, Nagar Haveli, Diu and Daman (Utah DNH and DD) in Diu.

Honorable Federal Minister of Home Affairs and Minister of Cooperation Mr. Shri Amit Shah stressed the need for early investigation of rape/sexual crimes against women and children and the need for stringent penalties in a time-bound manner. Wanted to be an addition. An official statement from the Bureau of Press Information said that a female DGP level officer, preferably an officer, is assigned the responsibility in each state’s police command to monitor all such cases.

The statement said that the Western Region Council discussed more than 36 issues, six of which were identified as important issues at the national level. They are improving rural banking, monitoring cases of rape and sexual crimes against women and children, implementing fast-track courts for such cases, verifying the identity of marine fishermen on the high seas, and developing a local contingency plan by coastal states for a mass rescue operation on the high seas and encourage the Make in India initiative through preference in public procurement.

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“While the Union Minister of Interior and Cooperation expressed his satisfaction with the progress made in the issuance (distribution) of QR code-based PVC Aadhaar cards to marine fishermen, he urged coastal states to make efforts to ensure 100 per cent of seafarers, including migrants and seasonal fishermen, have Easily Verifiable Aadhaar Cards.

The meeting was attended by Chief Minister of Gujarat Bhupendra Patil, his Goa counterpart Pramod Sawant, Maharashtra Industry Minister Subhash Desai, DNH&DD UT Official Prafull Patel, senior officials from these states and UTs as well as the Federal Ministry of Home Affairs.

“The board in the meeting in Diu also resolved the issue of tariff rate for water being supplied to UT of DNH & DD by Gujarat Water Supply and Sanitation Board. Moreover, the deliberations provided a meeting ground between the railways and Maharashtra government on the issue of forest permits. and wildlife pending for the two important ongoing gauge-shift railway projects in the Akola-Khandwa section and the new third line project in Bortalao – Gundia Section,” the statement read.

Shah also advised that the banks, including the Co-operative Banks and the Postal Payments Bank of India, should ensure that each of the bankless villages in the Western District would have banking facilities within five kilometers in the next year.

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