Eve-teasing, harassment, catcalling are some of the reasons why women don’t feel comfortable walking the streets in Jaipur. There is always some sort of fear in their minds no matter where they are.
Therefore, Jaipur Police has come up with a unique way to stop such incidents from happening. 26 set of two policewomen having a customized baton, a scooter, a walkie-talkie set and a first-aid kit will be deployed at 200 harassment points in Jaipur from 7:00 a.m to 11 p.m. to ensure the safety of women.
The scooters have been donated by Hero MotoCorp Limited as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. “We have constituted 26 teams of two policewomen each who will be deputed around the city to specifically deter and prevent crimes against women, such as eve-teasing,” said DCP, Jaipur Headquarters, Gaurav Srivastava.
According to Srivastava, the policewomen will be posted at several places depending on the time of the day. For example, they will be near parks in the morning, outside schools in the afternoon and near malls and markets frequented by women in the evening, he said. “The idea is that just their presence should act as a deterrent for any untoward incident. We had undertaken a survey of the places with higher likelihood of crimes against women and have accordingly developed a deputation plan,” he said. “They will roam the areas frequented by women and respond to anyone in distress. They will be assisted by the local police station and the police control room,” said Jaipur Police Commissioner Sanjay Agarwal.
The Udaipur police had also launched women patrols in October last year. Srivastava exclaimed that their Standard Operating Procedure differed from their Jaipur counterparts.
According to him, women patrols in Udaipur are mainly posted outside tourist spots and their SOP included traffic regulation, checking crime, smooth movement of VIPs, etc. whereas in Jaipur, the sole role of the policewomen is to check crimes against girls and women.
The officers are denying to call these 26 teams anti-Romeo squads. They said it has nothing to do with Uttar Pradesh. Instead, they are referring to them as women patrols. Source.