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Women's safety: Maha to provide necklaces with panic button

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The government will make available "chains" (necklaces) with a for women which can be used to send a signal to police in emergency.

The announcement was made by of State for Home (Rural) while replying to a discussion on crimes at Ashramshalas (government-funded residential schools) in the here Wednesday.

The said the government is finalising a scheme under which "chains" with will be made available at Rs 1,000 or less.

Women will be able to wear them around the neck.

"Such chains are available in several western countries....In the next one month, the technology will be finalised and we will float a tender," said Kesarkar.

Neelam Gorhe, who raised the issue, said eight girls were sexually harassed at Minai Ashramshala in Walva tehsil of Sangli district in September.

A security committee should be set up in every Ashramshala for the security of girl inmates, she demanded.

legislators Husna Bano Khalife, NCP's Vidya Chavan and Shiv Sena's Manisha Kayande also expressed concern about of girls at Ashramshalas.

Replying to the discussion, for VJNT, OBC and SBC Welfare said that henceforth, only women superintendents would be appointed in Ashramshalas and hostels for girls.

Also, directions have been issued to appoint committees for dealing with complaints of sexual harassment, as contemplated under the Supreme Court's 'Vishakha judgement', at Ashramshalas, Shinde said.

In Minai case, 14 Ashramshala staff were suspended and an was appointed, the minister said.

Speaking to the reporters later, Kesarkar said the chains (or necklaces) which the government is planning to make available will have a and a button, which, when pressed, will alert the nearest police station.

"A monitoring room would be set up in the police control room so that the woman's location can be ascertained," he said.

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First Published: Wed, November 28 2018. 21:15 IST