Pressure mounts over women’s police station

 

 Representatives of women's groups have given a week's time to chief minister Manohar Parrikar to get the women police station functional to register cases of exploitation against women and the arrangement for its speedy disposal.
 
The representatives submitted a memorandum to the Mapusa DySP Gajanand Prabhudesai on Wednesday to demand the expeditious tracing of a mute and polio-afflicted girl who was allegedly kidnapped on October 31, 2012 and is missing till date. The girl is originally from Ibrampur in Pernem and presently staying at Khorlim in Mapusa.
 
The memorandum states that the father of victim Mittu Mujawar filed a complaint with the Mapusa police and has been continuously following it up but the police have not taken the complaint seriously stating that the girl didn't have a birth certificate and was not registered on the ration card.
 
"Street children, abandoned children, trafficked children and migrants also do not have documentation but it does not mean that they don't exist. These vulnerable sections of society are prone to exploitation and abused and need to be protected," said Sabina Martins, convener of the Bailancho Saad.
 
Several women's organizations which united have demanded that Parrikar make the women's police stations functional to register, investigate and file chargesheets in crimes against women. Well-equipped forensic laboratories for speedy chemical analysis, speedy rape trials, safe bus travel, gender sensitization programme, setting up of victim assistance units at police stations, strengthening state-run protective home for women, were some of the demands put forth. [TOI]