The Telangana government is implementing recommendations made by the committee constituted on women’s protection chaired by senior IAS official Ms Punam Malakondaiah in a phased manner. SHE teams which were constituted to punish eve-teasers has been successful in Hyderabad city, since its start in 2014. Under the pilot project police registered 660 cases against 825 eve-teasers.
Later, the government expanded the functioning of SHE teams to all districts of the state. Also, two ‘Bharosa’ centres were launched in Hyderabad city for assisting women in legal matters and to provide shelter to victims of trafficking. Similarly, following the recommendations made by the Punam Malakondaiah committee, the government implemented SHE-cabs. A council was constituted along the IT corridor to exclusively work on women’s protection.
The Society for Cyberabad Security Council (SCSC) has provided several solutions to women-related problems and has even developed mobile apps that boost urban safety. The RTC too is running as many as 50 special buses for women employees along the IT corridor and partitions too were installed in RTC buses separating male and female commuters. Now, the transport body is planning to install panic buttons and CCTV cameras in buses to ensure no crimes are committed.
The plans that worked
- SHE Teams; SHE Cabs
- Women special buses along IT corridor.
- Establishment of Bharosa centers to provide legal assistance.
- Mobile apps for women.
- Special patrolling teams for round-the-clock duties.
- Special women counselors at government departments to deal with workplace harassment.
- A toll free number set up by the labour department for receiving workplace complaints
- Special help desks at receptions of all police stations
- Start of Cyberabad Security Council (SCSC) chaired by Cyberabad police commissioner
- Partitions in RTC buses
- Installed CCTV cameras in 1,300 RTC buses moving through sensitive routes