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UP Governor, Anandiben Patel, flagged 10 police vehicles and 100 pink scooties as she launched the 'Safe City Project' in Lucknow on Saturday. This movement of women police personnel in Lucknow is a 180-day campaign that has been designed to promote the standards of women safety in the city along with generating a sense of pride. Lucknow's Police and other departments involved in the project, are working towards strengthening women safety in public places.
Lucknow prepares to be a 'Safe City' for women
Lucknow is among the 8 cities in India that have been shortlisted for the 'Safe City Project'. With an inauguratory addition of vehicular fleet equipped with a first-aid kit, flashlights and other facilities, the project has been sanctioned at a total cost of ₹194 crores by the Central government. Casting knowledge on the 'Safe City Project', Additional Director General of Police (Women and Child Security) said that the cost ratio of the project stands at 60:40 between the Centre and the State.
The governor stated that contemporary society holds great responsibility in implementing women schemes, lest they lose their purpose and importance. Adding to this she highlighted the deteriorating condition of women safety and increasing crime against women. She stressed on the importance of women being socially and monetarily independent to prevent exploitation and also drew attention towards the perverse and criminal mindset of people indulging in crime against women- ranging from violence to harassment. She urged the people to identify these rogue elements in the society which may help to prevent their actions, making women feel safer. At the same time, she stated that women need to empowered as well.
The UP governor also pushed educational institutions to spread awareness and promote discourses on subjects relating to the safety of daughters, their knowledge about their rights, so on and so forth.
A definitive, 360-degree approach is being pushed forward for the implementation of this project. Safety and empowerment of women is a social reform that can be achieved by changing the deep-rooted, orthodox mindset of people and their views regarding the position of the women in society. The sate and centre are captaining the project and with the citizen efforts, the goal can be accomplished with ease and efficiency!