Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked newly inducted police officers to pay special attention to prevent crimes against women, saying the prevalence of such crimes was increasing across the country.
The Prime Minister was addressing the new batch of IPS probationers at his residence. While sensitising them to threats from left-wing extremism, insurgency and secessionism, and extremism, he said that “one area which must receive more attention (of police forces) is crime against women”.
In this context, the Prime Minister mentioned the recent incident of the gangrape of a 23-year-old girl in Delhi last week which has resulted in massive protests. “...only recently one such crime took place in the national capital. This phenomenon is taking place all over the country... we therefore have obligation to protect our women and children in rural as well as metropolitan areas,” he said.
Manmohan Singh told the officers that it was important for them to understand why people indulge in such brutal crimes and what efforts can be made to prevent these.“We are in a society where there are growing tensions all around. The police leaders of tomorrow have to be well-versed with emerging challenges, be they in the form of extremism, in the form of cyber crime, crime against women, or left-wing extremism, insurgency and secessionism,” he said.