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March 16, 2015

How Chennai Made Strides in Women's Safety

This WSJ article explains how Chennai experienced the largest fall in crimes against women in India between 2000 and 2013:


"... increased police presence and a change in attitudes among police officers towards women has helped the situation for women on the ground... Chennai police say they now bring together women’s rights activists, the transport department, medical officers, the official public prosecutor, among others, every three months to update their training on how to respond to crimes against women... All-women police stations are also functioning across the city... targeted action is being taken to simplify reporting. Mobile complaint and counselling units travel to different neighbourhoods to seek out complaints from those who might be hesitant to come forward... A police inspector, a lawyer and a counsellor travel with each van and record complaints... Inspectors are ranked by the commissioner on their area’s performance in reducing crimes against women..."


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