The present State Government under the leadership of Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur is committed for ensuring the safety and security of the women. The Government soon after taking over the reins of the State, made it clear that the Government would ensure that women of the State gets a free and fearless environment to live in. For this, quite a few path breaking initiatives have been taken by the State Government which would go a long way in providing a congenial environment for the women of the State.
The State Government on the august occasion of the Republic Day, this year has launched the three major initiatives to check crime against women and curb corruption of all kinds. With this, the State Government has fulfilled its three promises within one month of governance related to social security and law and order.
'Shakti Button App' is one of the major initiatives of the State Government for protection of women from any kind of anti-social elements. The App has been designed by National Informatics Centre (NIC) Himachal Pradesh for the State Police. This App is both in Hindi and English language. Easy to use, any women at the time of any trouble or distress can press the red button of the App. Within twenty seconds, the App would send the name, phone number, location, etc. of the woman/girl under attack or trouble to the Police Control Room of the concerned district and the Central Control Room as well, where a Police Staff would receive the message of the victim and direct the concerned Police Station/ or Police Post for immediate relief to the victim. Not only this, the App can also send message even on hard shake of fall, if any, during scuffle and apart from Police, two-three registered numbers of close relatives will be informed about the distress situation immediately.
The unique feature of this App is that it does not require any internet connectivity. The Shakti Button App can be downloaded from the Google Play-store or from himachal.nic.in on any android phone. This initiative would definitely help in protection of women and also control crime against women.
A yet another helpline named 'Guddiya Helpline' has also been launched to provide immediate assistance to the women in case of any emergency. A Toll-free Number 1515 has been installed, which is functioning 24x7 to provide immediate assistance to the women. The Police would immediately reach out the women asking for help on this Toll-free number. It also provides for automatic video and audio recording of the incident of assault on victim’s mobile handset, which can be later used as evidence against the offender.
On the day one of assuming Office, the State Government made it clear that it would come heavily on different types of mafias in the State, be it drug mafia, forest or mining mafia. For this, 'Hoshiyar Singh Help line' has been launched in the State. Under this innovative scheme, any information regarding any illegal forest, drug or mining activities can be given on Toll free number 1090.
This scheme is being monitored by the Chief Minister's Office twenty-four hours a day and seven days in a week. The identity of the informer would be not be revealed and the concerned authorities would take immediate action against the defaulters. This would effectively help in curbing illegal activities such as drug peddling, forest mafia and illegal mining activities in the State. Besides these innovative initiatives, other emergency helpline number is 9459100100 on which women can contact through whatsapp or by SMS in case of any emergency. The information given by the caller would be noted down and forwarded to the concerned authority for immediate and deterrent action as per the law.
These endeavours of the State Government would prove a milestone in creating a congenial and safe environment for the citizen especially women in the State, besides checking illegal activities. Nation is always empowered by its women and our country is famous for its great tradition and culture where women are given most respected place in the society from time immemorial. These empowered citizens eventually make an empowered country. Therefore, it becomes the duty of civilized society to ensure that the women live a secured and dignified life and fearlessly accomplish their dreams.