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Dec 27, 2012 at 09:54am IST

Mumbai: Special squads set up to ensure women safety during new year celebrations

Mumbai: As the nation focuses on women's saftey following the brutal gangrape of a 23-year-old in Delhi, the Mumbai administration is putting some measures in place. Outrage over the Delhi gangrape has also highlighted the safety of women this festive season in Mumbai. Mumbai's new year celebrations have been marred in the past with incidents like the Juhu and Gateway molestation cases. So the city police has decided to take a variety of measures as 2012 ends.

Special squads have been set up at every police station to handle crimes against women. They will patrol public places and other vulnerable spots. Investigation of all crimes against women will be handled by zonal DCPs in a time bound manner. Police stations have been directed to register cases and take action regardless of jurisdiction and college principals have been directed to summon parents in any case where students are found misbehaving with women.

Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh said, "People should enjoy during new year but they should stay within their limits and respect the dignity of others especially women."

Apart from policing, citizens have also raised the issue of judicial delays in crimes against women. State Home Minister RR Patil has now written to the Bombay High Court to dedicate 25 fast track courts to hear cases of crimes against women

With these measures in place, the administration hopes 2013 will be a safer year for the city's women.

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