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Sushil lauds state for women's safety

Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi at the event in Patna on Friday. Picture by Nagendra Kumar Singh

Patna: Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Friday highlighted the steps taken by the state government for the welfare of women and said Bihar was better off than the national average in terms of crime against women.

Modi aired his views while inaugurating a three-day training programme jointly organised by the National Women's Commission and Bihar police to sensitise police officials about the issues concerning women.

Station house officers of all the 40 women police stations and investigating officials took part part in the training programme. "Bihar is the first state to have given 35 per cent reservation to women in government jobs. Also steps have been taken to constitute two battalions of police that would have women coming from Tharu tribe only," Modi said, highlighting the achievements of the NDA government for empowering women in the state. He reminded the participants that it was during the NDA rule in the state when a decision had been taken in 2011 to open women police stations in all the 40 police districts in the state.

While Bihar has been divided into 38 districts from an administrative point of view, for the sake of better policing, two additional police districts were created in the state. While one such police district is Bagaha in West Champaran district, another one is Naugachia in Bhagalpur district.

Modi also said how the NDA government gave 50 per cent reservation to women in panchayats and urban local bodies.

Taking up issues concerning crime against women, Modi said while the national average of rape for every 1 lakh population was 6.3, in case of Bihar it stood at 2 only. "Similarly, in case of eve-teasing, the national average is 13.2 whereas it stands at just 0.6 in Bihar," the deputy chief minister added.

He, however, expressed concern over the high number of dowry related deaths in the state and said while the national average was 1.2, it stood at 2 for Bihar. Modi also asked the police officials to carry out proper investigation in cases related to crime against women so that the culprits could be brought to book.

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