The secretary of the Interior writes to the states asking them to guarantee the safety of women

NEW DELHI: The Center has asked all states to take all possible measures for the safety of women, saying it was the highest priority of the government.

In a letter to the chief secretaries of all states, Ajay Kumar Bhalla said he was writing the letter in the wake of the unfortunate incidents of heinous sexual offenses against recently informed women and girls.

The safety of women and girls is a high priority for the government. While the government has taken steps to strengthen legislative provisions to address these crimes strictly, for effective deterrence, it is imperative that the police be easily accessible and can address any complaints in a timely and proactive manner, the Interior Secretary said.