MHA’s Advisory for protection of vulnerable sections of society such as women, children, senior citizens and SC/ST, etc.
New Delhi, May 21, 2021
As mentioned in the Ministry of Home Affairs letter dated 19.05.2021, that Ministry has already issued advisories to the States/Union Territories on the Guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures for preventing and combating crimes against vulnerable sections of the society, including –
(iii) senior citizens, and
(iv) scheduled castes/ scheduled tribes,
and as well as for putting in place institutional mechanisms for preventing and countering human trafficking. The Government had launched several initiatives for the safety and security of women, which include implementation of Emergency Response Support System, establishing National Database on Sexual Offenders to facilitate better investigation etc. Several laws for combating crimes against weaker sections have also been enacted/ strengthened such as –
(i) the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005;
(ii) the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986;
(iii) the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013,
(iv) the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015,
(v) the Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005,
(vi) the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, amended in 2019, and
(vii) the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 (amended in 2015 and 2018).
The States/Union Territories have been further enabled through provision of several IT modules by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) in this area, including the Crime Multi Agency Centre (Cri-MAC) for police to share information of inter-state relevance, and a National Alert Service for police on missing & found persons using the CCTNS. The NCRB has also launched an automated photo matching web-based application UNIFY that uses Machine learning model to enable police personnel to search the photographs of missing persons/ criminals/unidentified dead bodies against the national image repository in the CCTNS. A central citizen service on digitalpolicecitizenservice.gov.in portal is now available to citizens for online search on missing persons. Further, the Ministry has also circulated guidelines and SOP for supporting senior citizens during COVID-19. The guidelines provides for steps to be taken to ensure necessary monitoring and support to senior citizens.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has requested all State Governments/UT Administrations to undertake an immediate review of the existing facilities for vulnerable groups inter-alia on the lines of the measures given in the various advisories issued by the MHA, especially for –
(i) children who have been orphaned,
(ii) senior citizens who may require timely assistance and support (medical as well as safety & security), and
(iii) members of scheduled castes/scheduled tribes who may need guidance to access Government support facilities.
The review may include steps taken for sensitization of police personnel, coordination with agencies/departments concerned as also communities and civil society organizations.
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