Friday, 22 February 2013

Delhi Police Week 2013 Launch of Booklets: 'Stop Violence AgainstChildren' and 'Aap ka Adhikar'

By Ishita Aggarwal - Intern (Centre for Social Research)
The ‘Delhi Police Week 2013’ displayed some amazing initiatives by Delhi Police in a bid to make the city safer for not just its women but also its children. Two booklets, ‘Stop Violence Against Children’ and ‘Aap ka Adhikar’ (stop violence against women), were released under the Delhi Police “Bas Aur Nahin” initiative, giving a strong message of no-tolerance of violence against women and children.

Ms. Suman Nalwa, Head, Special Police Unit for Woman and Children, Delhi, voiced her concern over the city’s level of safety and expressed her sincere desire to make Delhi “a safe city for one and all”. “We welcome all criticisms as well”, she said. This in itself is a sea-change in the overall interaction and attitude of police with respect to citizens. Ms. Nalwa and Mr. Sudhir Yadav, Special Commissioner of Delhi Police (Traffic), together wished to see support flow from both ends viz. police and public, in order to further mutual enhancement.

A special exhibit of self-defence skills by a group of trained young girls and women showed martial arts techniques to enable enhancement of the ‘Safety Quotient (SQ)’ for women. It empowered women to use these techniques to prevent themselves from attempted sexual or other criminal assaults. This has built a team of over 90,000 children and women, from all age groups, in the city, who are now living more confident lives. Live examples of some such trained women spoke about how the training has truly altered their perspective of safety and self-confidence. They are now ready to break bones if anybody lays a finger at them, literally so.

Chief Guest of Honour, Smt. Shanta Sinha, Chairperson, National Commission of Child Rights, rightly raised her concern over the lack of knowledge which common citizens have with regard to Police procedures and complaint filing. She wanted the image of the Police to be that of a friend to the mind of a child rather than that of a monstrous-authority. She said that if children and Police partner, it will not just change Delhi, it will change the entire country, and what will emerge will be “a new Delhi and a new country”.

Dr. Smt. Kiran Walia, Minister of Social Welfare Department, Women & Child, Languages, upheld the extreme importance of ensuring public sensitization over social issues. Without public awareness realities would not change. Laws and Acts have not been able to stop dowry and female foeticide, neither have the police or hospitals been able to stop these crimes. The major initiative needs to generate from the public. It was indeed gratifying to see genuine attempts coming from the part of our law enforcers. It will only make the desired difference if we too as civil society members and responsible citizens make that conscious attempt at bridging the gap between police and public and join forces for a safer Delhi and a safer country.

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