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Union Government launches three women safety initiatives

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Union Home Ministry along with Women and Child Development Ministry has jointly launched three significant initiatives to promote the safety of women in their living spaces, working spaces and the public spaces.

The initiatives include Emergency Response Support System, Investigation Tracking System for Sexual Offences (ITSSO) and Safe City Implementation Monitoring Portal. The Ministry launched Emergency Response Support System in 16 states and union territories including Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, UP, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Puducherry, Lakshadweep, Andaman, Dadar Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu and Jammu and Kashmir.

The Union Government has enacted the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2018 to provide effective deterrence against the offence of rape. For the effective implementation of the Act, to strengthen investigation and prosecution machinery and to instill a sense of security amongst women, the government is launching the following initiatives:

The Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) is a pan-India single number (112) based response system for persons in distress. Citizens can access emergency services by using the following methods. Dial 112: A person in distress can dial a pan-India number: 112. The Investigation Tracking System for Sexual Offences (ITSSO) is an online module available to law enforcement agencies at all levels- national, state, district and police station that allows states to undertake real-time monitoring and management for completion of investigation in rape cases in two months. Safe City Implementation Monitoring (SCIM) portal

The Government has identified eight cities for implementation of Safe City projects in the first phase at a cost of Rs 2,919 crore, in order to instil a sense of security in women in metro cities.

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