New Delhi: Ahead of Holi celebrations in the national capital, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal has urged the city police commissioner Alok Verma to take adequate steps to ward off any incidents of crimes against women during Holi. In a letter to Mr. Verma, Ms. Maliwal said that several instances of hooliganism and sexual violence against women were reported in the national capital during Holi in the past.
While strongly recommending stationing of adequate beat constables at strategic points across Delhi, the DCW chief said that, "Girl's hostels, in general, are prime targets for harassment by such anti-social elements and require close police monitoring."
"The commission will send its mobile helpline vans to different places and ensure full operation of its 181 helpline on Holi," Ms. Maliwal added.
While seeking constituting a taskforce for coordinating crime prevention, she said that the commission will be treating all cases of sexual harassment with utmost seriousness and that it would work closely with the police control room. "If required, we will reach the victim to ensure that the culprits are brought to book," she explained.