Police personnel in Nagpur are receiving a lot of praise online after they transported a 19-year-old who was stranded at a city railway station to her residence. The transportation was provided as part of a recently-announced initiative by the city’s police to drop women home if they are travelling alone at night.
The young woman, who was only identified as Manisha, was stranded at a railway station after midnight and couldn’t get in touch with her family, the police said in a tweet.
“She tried contacting her parents on phone, but couldn’t connect,” the official handle of the police said. The woman then dialled the police helpline 1091 and she was escorted home by police personnel. The police shared a photo of the woman with her family and a police constable.
19 yr old Manisha was safely escorted by us till her home last night at 2am. from the Railway Station.
She tried contacting her parents on phone, but couldn’t connect.
— Nagpur City Police (@NagpurPolice) December 5, 2019
Following the recent rape and murder of a 27-year-old in Hyderabad, the Nagpur Police launched their ‘night drop’ initiative to escort women home between the hours of 9 pm to 5 am. The Punjab Police also started a similar initiative in Ludhiana and Chandigarh. Ahmedabad Police declared that they started the initiative in March on the occasion of Women’s Day and arrange for a police vehicle to transport any woman stranded without transportation late in the night.
The tweet by the Nagpur Police garnered a lot of attention online, with many lauding the police. Many also tagged the police force in their own city requesting similar facilities. But there were also people who questioned how the situation has deteriorated to such an extent that women need to be escorted by the police.
This will help in building trust and increase in confidence to common public abt #Police .
— Nitin Ambatkar (@NitinAmbatkar) December 5, 2019
Thank you @NagpurPolice! The women of India need role models like you.
— Nandita Bose (@nand_bo) December 5, 2019
— CA. Aditya Kothari (@CA_Aditya_NGP) December 5, 2019
A big shout out to all those officers who are sacrificing their sleep for us 😭🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️✨✨✨✨✨ I’m grateful for your support!!!
— Janvi Kataria (@kataria_janvi) December 5, 2019
Good to know she was escorted by a lady staff good work ……
This type of gestures make people to trust in country’s security systems
— Rutvij Bobade (@bobade_rutvij) December 5, 2019
@nashikpolice @SPNashikRural @NashikNews .
This is very appreciating efforts and great initiative from @NagpurPolice . @nashikpolice can this be materialized in Nasik as well?? https://t.co/ogzP0f1afI
— Manish Patil (@ManishP077) December 6, 2019
Good job Nagpur Police.. Hope others will also learn to take help from Police. 👏👏👏👌 https://t.co/4aArC5yrmK
— Kiran Nadiger (@imkirannadiger) December 6, 2019
This is how bad it is there. Damn… https://t.co/sghjl1maqH
— Khabir (@KhabirM) December 6, 2019
State police proposing free drop-home service to women travelling alone at night.
Why shd women always have the feeling of being at the mercy of society. I think it is high time to reverse the status quo.
How about mandating men to stay indoors at night (unless with a lady)?
— Aman (@Aman9B) December 6, 2019
All these are good initiatives by the respective police departments to drop off women at night, but is this not an illution to the society that, only such drop off facilities can protect the women in our country? Why not a women can feel safe at any point of the day?
— Sounak Poddar (@PoddarSounak) December 5, 2019
India is a country where people cant understand themselves not to rape and law is weaker than an earthworm. Not solving this issues, police have to pickup and drop ladies at night. This is not the right way towards development where our girls cant have their freedom.
— Mr.MOTOGRAPHER (@MrMOTOGRAPHER) December 4, 2019