Panic Button becomes available to women. Pan-India Emergency number 112

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Investigation Tracking System for Sexual Offences (ITSSO) and Safe City Implementation Monitoring Portal also launched.Rs. 78.86 crores announced to strengthen DNA analysis capacities of four State Forensic Science laboratories for speedy investigation of rape cases

The

Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh and Minister for Women and Child

Development, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi here today jointly launched the

Women Safety initiative of Emergency

Response Support System (ERSS) in 16 States/UTs and Mumbai city. People

in these states and UTs can now call a single pan India number 112 for

any emergency. In addition, Investigation Tracking System for Sexual

Offences (ITSSO) and Safe City Implementation Monitoring Portal were

also launched. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Rajnath Singh said launch

of ERSS is a “milestone in women safety in the country.”

The

16 States/UTs where the ERSS has been launched today are Andhra

Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, UP,

Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Puducherry, Lakshadweep, Andaman, Dadra

& Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu, J&K.

Home

Minister, welcoming the joint effort of Ministries of WCD and MHA in

preparation and launch of these women safety initiatives, called on the

States for effective implementation of these initiatives to make them a

success. He cited various initiatives of MHA towards improving women

safety after creation of Women Safety Division in MHA.

Highlighting

the importance of ERSS, he said that very soon it will be implemented

across the whole country. One can dial 112 or use Panic Button on their

phones or 112 India Mobile App to connect to a single emergency services

number 112 which will combine Police, Fire, Health and other helplines

through an Emergency Response Centre in the State. He also congratulated

the agencies and volunteers for their contribution in making it a

successful campaign of enhancing the ecosystem of women safety in the

country.

Union

Home Minister also announced approval of Rs. 78.76 crore for a special

project under the Nirbhaya Fund for strengthening DNA analysis

capacities in the State Forensic Science Laboratories of four States of

Tamil Nadu (Chennai and Madurai), Uttar Pradesh (Lucknow and Agra), West

Bengal (Kolkata) and Maharashtra ( Mumbai). He said that this effort

will help in speedy investigation of rape cases.

Speaking

on the occasion, the Union Minister for Women and Child Development,

Smt. Menaka Sanjay Gandhi appreciated the support of Home Ministry in

preparing these women safety projects. She thanked Shri Rajnath Singh

for sanctioning funds to strengthen six Forensic

Science Laboratories for quick investigation in rape cases and sought

provision of investigation kits at every police station in the country

specially at the One Stop Centres. The WCD Minister highlighted the

success of the flagship programme of the Government ‘Beti Bachao Beti

Padhao’, which set the actual and initial pace for responding to

violence against women from the womb stage itself.

In

his address, the Union Home Secretary Shri Rajiv Gauba said that these

initiatives could prove to be a “game changer” if implanted effectively

by the states. He further said that time-bound disposal of cases against

women is the most important component in implementing these projects.

Secretary,

WCD Shri Rakesh Srivastava enumerated the various critical initiatives

of WCD Ministry to create an ecosystem of complete safety for women.

ERSS had already been successfully implemented in the States of Himachal of Pradesh and Nagaland.

The emergency response system can be triggered in the following manners:-

On the smart phones, the power button (which is dedicated panic button) when pressed three times quickly.Dialing 112 from any phone.In case of feature phones, long press of the touch key 5 or 9.Using 112 India Mobile App which is available for free downloading.For

women and children, 112 India App provides a special SHOUT feature

which alerts registered volunteers in the vicinity of victim for

immediate assistance

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