The Andhra Pradesh (A.P.,) Government appointed two women officers for the implementation of the newly introduced Disha Act, 2019.
Dr. Kritika Shukla, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer and M. Deepika, an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, were appointed as Disha special officers.
According to the A.P., Disha Act, 2019, cases of atrocities against women must be heard and closed within 21 days and death penalty must be given in the required cases.
The Government also made amendments to the Andhra Pradesh Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2019 and the Andhra Pradesh Special Court for Specified Offences Against Women and Children Act, 2019.
An official notification regarding the appointments, issued on the 2nd of January, read, “Dr Kritika Shukla, is presently the Director of Women Development and Child Welfare has been given an additional charge as DISHA Special Officer. M. Deepika, who is the Additional Superintendent of Police (Administration) of Kurnool, has been transferred and posted as DISHA Special Officer.”
Besides, the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) would also set up special courts in the State’s 13 districts. These courts would only handle cases related to offences against women and children. The crimes which fall under the purview of these courts are rape, acid attacks and social media harassment.
Recently, on the 26th of December 2019, M. Sucharitha, the Home Minister of A.P., announced an allocation of Rs. 23 crores for setting up these fast track courts.
Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, the Chief Minister of A.P., introduced the Disha Act after a heinous incident of rape and murder in Hyderabad, Telangana.
Both the female officers, Dr. Krithika Shukla and M. Deepika, would take over as Disha special officers soon.
Stay tuned for further updates.