Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) chairperson Radhilu Chai Techi on Friday called upon the state government to establish women police stations in every district of the state so as to ensure a safe, supportive and enabling environment for the womenfolk.

Chai, who was addressing a legal awareness programme organized by the Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Organization (APWWS) and APSCW at Binni Yanga Government Women College here, said “the establishment of more women stations would ensure that the women victims are protected before it is too late.”

Highlighting the increasing rate of crime against women in the state and country, Chai said the APSCW has already forwarded recommendations for setting up of family and fast track courts, appointment of independent protection officers and construction of a forensic laboratory in the state to the government.

“Recommendations regarding 33 per cent reservation for women in government jobs, specialized maternity facilities, women hostels and short-stay homes, soft loan for women entrepreneurs, women development corporation etc have also been sent,” she said.

Speaking as one of the resource persons on the topic of ‘legal adoption’, Oju Welfare Association chairperson Ratan Anya said children aged between 0-18 years who are orphans, abandoned, or surrendered are suitable for adoption.

“Though there are several criteria for legal adoption of children, the most eligible persons are single males and females and a single mother or father. Single males can, however, only adopt boys,” Anya said.

Anya said the prospective adoptive parents should, however, be financially capable and physically, mentally and emotionally stable at the same time.

She also spoke on how married couples can adopt a child after a stable relationship of two years.

Capital superintendent of police Jimmy Chiram spoke on cybercrime and cyber law and asked all to be cautious of phishing attacks.

He suggested seeking assistance of the police if one comes across any kind of crime against women and children.

APWWS CEC chairperson Gumri Ringu, general secretary Kani Nada Maling, APSCW member Techi Hunmai, State Legal Service Authority member secretary Jaweplu Chai also spoke on the occasion.

Members of State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Child Welfare Committees, Nyishi Nyiem Achem, Tagin Welfare Society, Apatani Welfare Association, One Stop Centre, Women’s Helpline and Singcha Ghene Welfare Society and students from Arunachal Law Academy, VKV Residential School, Nirjuli and Prasanno Ayurveda Medical College took part in the programme.

DAMIEN LEPCHA

Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: lepcharaul@gmail.com