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STF for safety of women in Delhi reconstituted: DCW

New Delhi: A special task force (STF) for women that will review decisions taken by the city police and other departments regarding their safety in the national capital has been reconstituted, Delhi Commission for Women today said.

The STF, headed by Lt Governor Anil Baijal, will have as its members, Delhi Chief Secretary, Delhi Police Commissioner, Chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women, Principal Secretary, Home Department (Delhi), among others.

The meeting of the force will be held every 15 days, the DCW said in a statement.

The women’s panel said the STF has been formed in response to the notice issued by the High Court to the LG on a DCW petition seeking response as to why no committee on women safety was set up.

“The task force will review decisions taken by the Delhi Police and other departments regarding women safety in the Capital,” DCW said.

The Delhi Commission for Women had been appealing to the Home Minister and the then Lt Governor for long time in this regard, it said, adding, in 2016, the STF formed under the chairpersonship of the Union Home Secretary, was “disbanded”.

“The STF was formed during the time of the Nirbhaya rape (case) and was chaired by the Home Secretary… The Home Department of the Delhi government issued orders for the reconstitution of the Special Task Force on January 17 after getting the LG’s assent,” the DCW said.

The other STF members would be — Divisional Commissioner, Revenue, Transport Commissioner, Delhi, Police Commissioner, Special (Traffic), Special Commissioner of Delhi Police, Women Safety, Chairperson of the NDMC, Commissioners of all three municipal corporations (East, West, South), Excise Commissioner, Delhi, Secretary, Women and Child Development Department (Delhi), Secretary, Social Welfare Department and a member from the Union Home Ministry – Union Territory Division, the statement said.

Also, any other suitable person may be made a member of the task force, as may be considered necessary, it added.

DCW chief Swati Maliwal said, “Along with this STF there should also be a high-level committee on women’s security which should have representatives not only from Delhi Police and the DCW, but also people’s representatives from central government and Delhi government, and should take concrete decisions.