Dr. Avnish Jolly, Hyderabad, 15thDecember, 2008 :Government of Andhra Pradesh has decided to set up a separate dedicated Special Cell to deal with incidents of harassment against women and abuse against children.
Reviewing these issues at a high-level meeting with the state Home Minister and police officials, Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy announced to set up the new cell and expressed serious concern over the incidents of harassment against girls, women and abuse of children. The meeting decided to constitute a dedicated separate cell with a dedicated number like the 104 and 108 for dealing with even a small incident of harassment and abuse against women and children. The Cell would work under the Police Department.
Reddy said, "Protection of women and children are our top most priority. No Society can thrive where women and children are not protected. We will enforce the law strictly and deal with the harassment cases with an iron hand." The Chief Minister said, "I also want the people to give their suggestions for further improvement of the proposed cell. The government is spending thousands of crores of rupees for development, welfare and protection of women and children."