In order to boost the safety and security of women and children in the country, 1000 railway stations will install video surveillance under the Nirbhaya Fund. The proposal was first submitted by the Ministry of Railway under title Integrated Emergency Response Management System to the Ministry of Women and Child Development.
As per the official announcement from the Ministry of Women and Child Development, the department is implementing scheme of One Stop Centre to provide integrated support and assistance to women affected by violence and a Scheme for Universalisation of Women Helpline to provide 24 hours immediate and emergency response to women affected by violence.
The Ministry has enacted several laws to ensure the safety and security of women and children in the country. The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005; Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961; Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986; and the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 and Prohibition of Child Marriage Act,2006 (PCMA) are worth mentioning. The Criminal Law (Amendment), Act 2013 has been enacted to make the punishment more stringent for serious offences like rape.
The Ministry of Women and Child Development revealed today in Rajya Sabha that more than 50,000 people have been rescued from the vicious network of human trafficking. As per the information available with National Crime Records Bureau and Ministry of Home Affairs, 27994 women and 23699 children were rescued during the period 2014-June 2016. The Government of India is also working actively to rehabilitate the victims of this menace under the “Ujjawala” scheme.