NEW DELHI :
Quick on the heels of the Telangana police killing the four accused in the Hyderabad rape case, in an alleged encounter, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla had written to all states asking them to up their ante in cases of crimes against women.
The home secretary's remarks come in the wake of the Union home ministry scrambling to contain spiralling cases of rapes in the country, with the 26-year-old veterinarian student being raped and murdered in Hyderabad on 28 November.
In his letter, Bhalla has reached out to chief secretaries of all states and Union Territories on incidents of sexual offences against women and girls, stating that the "Safety of women and girls is a high priority for the Government."
While the matter has also been raised in both houses of Parliament over the last one week, the Union home ministry has also set the ball rolling on revamping the Indian Penal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code to fortify "the criminal justice system," officials familiar with the development have said.