Andhra Pradesh DGP – The New Indian Express
VISAKHAPATNAM: Director General of Police (DGP) Gautam Sawang said several initiatives have been launched to make Andhra Pradesh a safe place for women. He said, “Women’s safety is a major concern for the police and in this regard, more Disha police stations and dedicated courts will soon be set up.
Speaking to Mahila Mitras here on Saturday, he said 32 lakh downloads have been done on the Disha app so far. All help will be provided to ensure the safety of women in the state. The DGP also informed that to ensure more security for women, each neighborhood will now have a policewoman.
“It is the individual and collective responsibility of people to raise awareness for the protection and development of women,” he said. The DGP also said that the role of Mahila Mitras and female police officers is essential in keeping women safe. To ensure the safety of women using technology, Cyber Mitra was launched in 2019, the DGP said.
The team managed to crack several hacks and other crimes against women and give the victims the necessary protection. He said the Disha SOS app was designed in a way to help women as quickly as possible. “As per GO No. 59 passed on June 23, 2021, 15,000 new Mahila Mitras have been appointed statewide,” Sawang said.
Stating that crime decreased by 4% from 2019 to 2020, he attributed the drop in crime rate to the addition of 18 courts, 16 special courts, forensic laboratories, chemical analysis, among others. Disha ACP Prem Kajal, speaking on the occasion, said that all necessary steps have been taken to deploy female constables in every village and ward secretariat to help enforce law and order in rural areas.