August 5, 2014 1:50:32 am
Mumbai Police Commissioner, Rakesh Maria, on Monday announced three new initiatives aimed at ensuring safety of women as well as bridging the gap between the police and the common man in the city.
Maria was speaking at a seminar about crimes against women and women’s safety at the Y B Chavan Auditorium in south Mumbai on Monday. He said that he wanted to involve college going youth in some police initiatives in order to instill confidence in the public about the police and to encourage the common man to approach the police whenever they feel the need.
“We are trying to get National Social Service (NSS) cadets to man the helpdesks at our police stations, which have been set up to help women, children and senior citizens. The complainants will feel more comfortable interacting with citizen volunteers and it is important to bridge the trust deficit between the citizens and the police,” said Maria.
He said that the initiative should begin by the end of the month and various schools and colleges have already been approached. “The volunteers will be asked to work for five to six hours, in the police stations nearest to where they live. So if one lives in Bandra, they could either work at Bandra or Khar police station,” Maria added.
The second initiative was to form a voluntary force of students to counter the menace of eve-teasing in and around schools and colleges.
“The aim is to build a squad of students on the lines of the Road Safety Patrol (RSP) that the Traffic Police has. We will provide the volunteers with identification and will try to assemble an anti-eve teasing squad, and one of two police constables will be appointed to supervise three to four institutes in an area,” Maria said.
The police have also identified around 472 spots that are worst affect by eve teasing in the city. “In 10 days there will be women marshals patrolling these stretches. We have trained 200 woman constables in unarmed combat, small arms fire, communication by wireless radios and riding motorbikes. They will patrol areas near colleges and schools, where crimes against young girls have been observed to be high in numbers,” Maria said.
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