The Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Shahid Iqbal Choudhary Thursday convened a meeting to discuss issue of harassment of women in public transport.
The meeting discussed the measures like creating awareness about what constitutes harassment and taking prompt and strict action against instances thereof, to prevent the cases of harassment.
Members of a non-profit trust Kashmir Women’s Collective who attended the meeting shared their understanding of the depth of the problem and ideas about how it could be tackled.
The members stressed the need for a mechanism that encourages women to speak out against and report instances of sexual harassment in public transport and the importance of the administration taking strict actions which will act as deterrence and help prevent it.
Need for training of police personnel and drivers and conductors and having a helpline in place that will help at all times and in all circumstances was also emphasized upon.
Speaking on the occasion the DC said it was important that the problem was acknowledged adding that there was indeed a need for an effective response mechanism in place to deal with it.
He agreed that awareness about it was a prerequisite and assured that the district administration will do all that is required in this direction.
SSP Traffic Tahir Gilani and SP Srinagar Majid Malik, who were present in the meeting, said the issue demands attention and expressed eagerness of their departments to help and tackle it.
Others including RTO Kashmir Ikramullah Tak and ADC Srinagar K K Sidha also spoke on the occasion. Senior officers from all departments concerned were present in the meeting.