Government to launch campaign against dowry, foeticide: Kejriwal

New Delhi, March 8 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said his government will plan a campaign involving people to fight against the menace of foeticide and dowry.

“We are very much concerned about safety of women in the national capital. We need to mitigate foeticide, dowry and spending in weddings. So, on the lines of the odd-even scheme, we will launch a campaign involving Delhiites to raise voice for women’s safety and fight against foeticide and dowry,” he said while speaking at a programme organised by the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on the occasion of International Women’s Day.

Addressing the gathering, Kejriwal said women should be able to move around freely at any time of the day or night in the national capital.

“The government is willing to spend as much money as needed on women’s safety. To ensure women safety, the Delhi government in it’s upcoming budget is allocating money for the installation of closed-circuit television across the city,” he said.

“But the measures are insufficient as rapists feel immune because of low conviction rate. Increased conviction rate will send a clear message that he will be in jail if he is a rapist,” the chief minister said.

Kejriwal also lauded the DCW efforts towards dealing with cases of crime against women.

He appealed to the DCW to aggregate every single idea for the safety of women and said that the Aam Aadmi Party government will implement them all.

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