THE TWITTER bug has finally caught up with the Mumbai Police. While police forces in several cities have already gone online, the Mumbai Police will also have virtual presence soon to improve their policing in the maximum city.
Speaking to the press Tuesday, Mumbai Police Commissioner Ahmad Javed said they would soon open accounts on various social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook.
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“For traffic and customer grievances, social media seems to be an apt platform and we will soon get logged in,” said the new CP. Javed, who previously served as Director General, Home Guards and Commandant General, Civil Defence, swapped his position with former Mumbai Police commissioner Rakesh Maria last week as per a government order.
Javed also plans to use technology to provide security to the women in the city.
“We are working on the modalities of having apps that women patron could download on their mobile phones. We want these apps to be easy to download and compatible with all the phones. Also they should be simple in their operations and in need a woman should be able to raise an alarm by clicking a single button,” added Javed.
Technology is also a concern for Javed. “There are cases of people being indoctrinated online and that is a matter of huge concern for us. The State government is soon coming up with a policy on deradicalisation and this will also include the city,” he informed.
While Javed refused to speak on any specific case, the new Mumbai Police chief said that women and children’s safety and accountability are issues of top priority. “There are certain services provided by the police force that comes under the ambit of the new law, Right to Service Act. This will call for accountability on the part of my men. Even otherwise if there is any dereliction of duty on the party of any policemen, action will be taken accordingly,” he added.
Speaking on the sensitisation pogramme started by the Mumbai Police at various schools to educated children especially toddlers on ‘good touch’ and ‘bad touch’, Javed also asserted the need on the part of his men to handle cases under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act, 2012 with special care. “Children might not be able to identify if they have been sexually abused and therefore we are sensitising them to distinguish between good touch and bad touch and inform their parents or guardian about it,” Javed said.
“Such cases also put an onus on the police to handle these cases sensitively,” he added . The drive comes in the aftermath of the arrest of a principal from a school in Andheri who has been booked for molesting his student.