Jhajjar (Hry), Apr 16 (PTI) Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today announced that a special force ‘Durgashakti Vahini’ would be formed to check crime against women in the state.

The government is committed to ensuring safety and security of women and “a special force Durgashakti Vahini would be constituted to put a check on crime against women”, he said after inaugurating the Jaagriti Project here.

The main aim of this project is to ensure that girls and women feel safe at public places, their workplaces and while travelling, the chief minister said.

On the ‘Chatra Parivahan Suraksha Yojana’, Khattar said it is the state government’s responsiblity to provide free of cost travel facility to girls to their educational institutions.

Khattar announced the schemes launch today. Regardless of the number of students in

an educational institution, their demand for free of cost travel facility will be met, he said, adding that nodal officers are being appointed under this scheme.

Students will submit their requirements to these officers, he said. Khattar said after Madhya Pradesh, Haryana is the only state where provision of death penalty has been made for those found guilty of raping children below 12 years of age.

This step of the Haryana government is being appreciated and emulated by other states, he said.

The chief minister expressed hope that in the future, this law would be passed in the Lok Sabha.

Social organisations would have to come forward and join hands with the state government in dealing with social evils such as female foeticide, he said.

Expressing happiness over considerable improvement in sex ratio under the ‘Beti Bachao,Beti Padhao’ campaign, he said33 per cent reservation has been given to women in elections to Panchayati Raj Institutions.

Today, 42 per cent women representatives are heading gram panchayats in the state, Khattar said.

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