In the run-up to Ganeshotsav,Mumbai Police Saturday announced that it would give priority to womens safety during the ten-day festival and would hold Ganesh mandals responsible for any eve-teasing incidents on their premises.
At a meeting with Ganpati mandals in the west region,Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh said mandals where eve teasing was reported would lose sanctions. Mandals have to work with us to ensure safety of women. We will not issue permissions to those mandals next year on whose premises any eve-teasing incidents are reported during this years festivities, he said.
During Ganeshotsav last year,a woman constable was assaulted by some volunteers at the Lalbaughcha Raja Ganeshotsav Mandal. The suspects were later arrested and booked and a chargesheet is pending against them in court.
Reacting to a query about the incident with regard to Singhs latest instructions,Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Sadanand Date said,It is true that the incident had occurred and we had taken action against the suspects. The mandal had cooperated with us at the time and it was an action by some volunteers,not the mandal itself.
The meeting was organised at Bhaidas Hall in Vile Parle (West),two days before the festival begins,to focus on the mandals preparedness to tackle crimes against women and terror threats. Maintaining law and order over the next ten days is not our responsibility alone. Mandals also have to help us. Organisers have to ensure that criminal elements dont come within 1,000 metres of the mandals. It is also your responsibility to prevent gambling activities. On visarjan days,you have to ensure that drunk hooligans do not disturb revelers and devotees, he said.
In addition to CCTV cameras that will be placed on visarjan routes and at beaches,the police have installed 150 cameras at key police stations in the western suburbs. Nearly 150 CCTV cameras have been set up outside Juhu,Santacruz,Khar and Bandra police stations, said ,DCP (Traffic) Pratap Dighavkar.