Hyderabad: Traditional methods of investigating crimes against women need to be given a second look and should be investigated in a very sensitive, humane and compassionate manner, said Prakash Singh, Chairman of Indian Police Foundation, while speaking at the Stake Holders Consultation on Safety of Women and Children here on Friday.
The consultation was organised by the Telangana Police and the Hyderabad Chapter of the Indian Police Foundation to discuss challenges and barriers faced in combating violence against women and children.
Suggesting a few improvements in police departments across the country, Singh said it was very important to have a separate cadre in the department to investigate crimes against women.
President of Indian Police Foundation N Ramachandran said the consultation was organised to prepare a standard operating procedure for the police to function across the country.
“Hope we will be able to develop a community-centric vision,” he said.
Thanking the Foundation for choosing Hyderabad for the consultation, Home Minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy said the State government had passed orders to employ 33 per cent more women in the police department soon after it came into power. Protection of women was one of the top priorities of the State government, he said.
The Indian Police Foundation has been holding a nation-wide series of stakeholder consultations for deeper understanding of ground-level issues being faced by the police across the country, to look at existing policies and to identify strengths and weaknesses in the system.
The outcome document that will be prepared at the end of the nation-wide series of consultations to be held in about 20 cities across the country will aim at constructing a credible draft policy framework and suggest an effective action plan for better safety and security of women and children in the country.