The Madhya Pradesh government led by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has directed the authorities to take a slew of measures aimed at improving the safety of women across the BJP-ruled state. This is probably the first time that such steps have been taken to address concerns related to women’s safety in MP.
According to ANI, the Chief Minister has directed the state’s Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police (DGP) to review women’s security every Monday.
The instructions from the Chief Minister came following a high-level meeting with senior police officials on women’s security.
During the meeting, Chouhan stated that women’s safety was one of the top priorities of his government.
It is the responsibility of the police to create such an atmosphere that women should feel safe even after midnight on the roads, Chouhan said.
Among the steps taken to improve the safety of women, it was decided that all public transport buses will be equipped with CCTV cameras.
Meanwhile, Instructions have been given to the police for checking the sensitive places in all the cities and villages of the state.
The Chief Minister has called for increased patrolling in sensitive areas.
In addition to this, the state government has ordered that all liquor shops located near girls’ colleges, schools and hostels will be closed.
The Chief Minister also called for police verification of the drivers and operators of the school buses.
Chouhan also directed the officials to create awareness about the women’s protection laws.