To ensure zero incidence of crimes against women during the ongoing festive season,the Mumbai police have increased the strength of their anti-harassment squads. Police personnel are also mingling with the crowd in plainclothes to make sure no anti-social elements attempt to take advantage of crowds to target women.
Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh had,while addressing a meeting of Ganesh mandals in the western region Saturday,announced that mandals where cases of harassment of women are reported this year would face revocation of their permissions.
Special teams have been formed in every police station to keep an eye on Ganpati mandals in their respective jurisdiction.
Mumbai police spokesperson and Deputy Commissioner of Police Satya Narayan Chaudhary said,Previously,we had about three to four teams for the city. This year,there is at least one anti-harassment squad in each of the 12 zones. The squads have been strengthened and comprise at least one woman officer.
Each squad consists of an officer and four constables,including a woman constable. They are constantly on the move, said an officer.
Chaudhary said calls to the control room (103) had increased the since the beginning of the festival on Monday. The number of calls to our 103 helpline,which is specially designated for crimes like eve-teasing and molestation,normally increase during the festive season as there are more people on streets. As traffic on the streets increases,small incidents of violence are bound to increase, he said.
Apart from the control room number,the police has also set up a 24×7 dedicated helpline (022-22633333) for the duration of the festival.