Central Government Launches 'Nirbhaya Scheme' in Mumbai

The scheme will majorly focus on technological and infrastructural advancement for women safety, training, skill development, awareness and promotional programmes etc.

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With an aim to make security measures for women in metropolitan cities more efficient, the Department of Women's security in the Union Ministry has introduced the 'Nirbhaya scheme' in Mumbai.

This three-year programme has been implemented in Mumbai as well as eight more cities and will majorly focus on technological and infrastructural advancement for women safety, training, skill development, awareness and promotional programmes etc. Over 25,000 police personnel, 4200 doctors and 200 public prosecutors will be trained for the same. It will be a collaborative effort by NGOs, advisory bodies and educational institutes.   

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According to the draft, the proposed projects under the Nirbhaya scheme should have the following features:

• Direct impact on safety and security concerns of women 

• Optimum use of existing infrastructure

• Innovative use of technology

• No duplication of existing government schemes/programmes

• Provision for real-time intervention as far as possible. E.g. in case of CCTVs for women’s safety, there should be real-time monitoring of footage and quick response, rather than just a recording of events for evidence after the incident has occurred

• Strict privacy and confidentiality of women’s identity and information. E.g. placement of CCTVs so as to not compromise women’s privacy, protection of video data collected etc.

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