Women's rights bill in next Assembly session: Arvind Kejriwal

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New Delhi, Sept 12: Asserting that women safety is a priority for his government, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said the women's rights bill being brought in the next Assembly session will give more teeth to DCW.

The proposed Charter of Women's Rights Bill, 2015, aims at strengthening Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) by giving it more administrative and judicial powers, and will incorporate recommendation made by Justice J S Verma Committee in the wake of the Nirbhaya rape case.

Kejriwal bats for Women's rights bill

"If a girl is going out then she should feel secure. If she will feel secure then her parents will feel secure. We need to provide a system where women can roam freely around the city, feeling safe and secure," Kejriwal said during the Consultation on the draft bill organised by the Delhi Dialogue Commission (DDC) at the Delhi Secretariat.

The chief minister also shared his own experience while talking about women safety in the national capital. He said his family gets restless till the time his daughter returns from the IIT campus, since the metro station is at a little distance away from his residence.

"If I being Chief Minister is so concerned for the safety of my daughter then I can understand the feeling of common man. We have taken several measures like installing CCTV cameras, which acts as a deterrence.

"Three weeks back, as a pilot project, we installed CCTV cameras in all the classes of three schools. (Deputy Chief Minister) Manish Sisodia went to take feedback and interacted with the students.

"They told him that they are very happy as teachers have stopped beating them. Students also shared that cases of theft from school bags have gone down," Kejriwal said.

The Chief Minister highlighted that CCTV camera has a deterrent impact in public places too.

"Similarly, in buses we are installing CCTV cameras, which will bring an end to 'road side Romeos' but organsied gangs equipped with knife may not fear CCTV cameras but there will be decline in cases by 50-60 per cent," he said.

PTI

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