Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday praised the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) for its work, saying the panel had instilled a sense of security in women in the capital.
The Chief Minister said other women’s groups, including the National Commission for Women, should learn from DCW.
Kejriwal was speaking at DCW’s International Women’s Day awards ceremony here. About 60 prizes were awarded to successful women and those who have worked on women’s issues.
Kejriwal wished everyone on the occasion and also spoke about the steps taken by the Delhi government to empower women.
”DCW is the perfect example of how a women’s commission should work. Other women’s commissions should learn from DCW. Even the National Commission for Women (NCW) should learn how a women’s panel should work,” he said.
Appreciating the work of DCW, he said the panel had instilled a sense of security among women in Delhi.
”The women of Delhi know that if they are faced with an injustice or an unfortunate incident, they can call 181 (DCW helpline) and they will receive assistance. “Every woman knows she can pick up the phone, call 181 and Swati Maliwal (Head of DCW) will ask for her help,” he said.
He called Maliwal ”Delhi’s Lady Singham” who is fearless and has rescued several women and children without thinking of her own safety.
The chief minister also said that Delhi has overtaken the world’s megacities in terms of CCTV camera coverage.
“I don’t make those claims, but an international magazine recently said so,” he said.
Maliwal said that over the past six years, the panel has handled 1,23,000 cases and his helpline has received more than 15 lakh calls.
”We have given more than 300 suggestions to Central and Delhi government on various issues. DCW challenged the system and fixed accountability. Our effort is to ensure that a strict system is in place so that people are afraid of harming women,’ she said.
Maliwal said DCW’s budget has risen from Rs 3 crore to Rs 35 crore under the Kejriwal-led dispensation. ”Our budget is higher than NCW’s. The Delhi government has installed CCTV cameras in Delhi and this has helped the police in catching criminals,” she said.
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