Akhilesh Yadav, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh on 3 May 2014 ordered setting up of women helpline in 75 districts of the state. As per the directive, the helpline of each district will be monitored and maintained by the SSP and SP of the district.
As per the directive, prompt and immediate actions will be taken by the women cell on any complaint lodged by victims or their families. Apart from this, the state government also said that the cases of rape cases will be referred to fast track courts to ensure speedy justice.
In his order, the Chief Minister also ordered the District Magistrates and Senior Police Officers to impose stringent National Security Act on those who threatened a rape-victim or her family. Strict actions will be taken in case the officials fail to attend the acts of crime swiftly.
Reason behind the helpline and direction of government for senior police officials
The Uttar Pradesh Government decided to set up women helpline in each district of the state because of the national outcry over the gang rape and killing of two minor sisters in Badaun district of the state.
The Union Nations has also condemned the incident and called for immediate action against the perpetrators and violence against women and girls across India. Ban Ki-moon, the UN chief termed the recent incident of violence towards women in India and Pakistan as appalling.
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Where: in Uttar Pradesh
When: 3 June 2014