Chandigarh, Dec. 4 -- Amid growing concerns over women safety, Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday announced free police help to drop women safely home if they are stranded outside between 9 pm and 6 am.

The statewide facility will be available on DIAL 100, 112 and 181, through which the woman caller will be connected immediately to the police control room (PCR).

The chief minister has directed director general of police (DGP) Dinkar Gupta to ensure the implementation of the facility across the state, according to an official release.

The directions have come amid the nationwide public furore over the rape and murder of a Telangana vet, who was abducted, gang-raped and then set afire by the accused.

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