‘Nirbhaya Squads’ to boost women’s safety, says Aditya Thackery

January 26, 2022 8:48 p.m. STI

Bombay (Maharashtra) [India]Jan 26 (ANI): After Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackrey and state Home Minister Dilip Walse launched 91 ‘Nirbhaya squads’ in Mumbai on Wednesday, the state’s Cabinet Minister Aditya Thackery said women should be allowed to move freely adding that this is an important step in making Maharashtra a fearless state.
“When an incident occurs, we ask the woman: why was she wandering outside, what was she wearing? Women should be allowed to move freely. This is an important step towards a state without fear. The safety of women is a social issue, a civic issue and a law enforcement issue.Children in schools need to be taught the concepts of ‘good contact’ and ‘bad contact’.We are also working to provide CCTV cameras and proper streetlights,” Thackery said in a media interview.
The Chief Minister launched the “Nirbhaya Teams” virtually while Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil and Cabinet Minister Aditya Thackeray attended the event in person.

Addressing the launch ceremony today, CM Uddhav Thackeray said, “We will work to ensure that Maharashtra is known as the savior of women not only in India but across the world. Maharashtra is a “Shakti Pujak” (worshipper of women’s power) state,”
He said Maharashtra has always worshiped and respected women.
“The squads are made up of specially trained female and male officers stationed across Mumbai 24/7. One can dial 103 for immediate assistance,” Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Aditya said. Thackeray, at today’s event.
Meanwhile, the state home secretary has said a society where women are unsafe can never thrive.
“The safety of women is not limited to just herself and her family, but to all of society. Women who come to police stations with a complaint must be listened to and action must be taken immediately,” Patil said. (ANI)

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