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SP whip on eve-teasing

Dhanbad, Jan. 12: After reconstituting its anti eve-teasing cell a month back, Dhanbad Police have now resolved to intensify patrolling in order to snip the issue at its root.

Prompted by repeated complaints of eve-teasing from around educational institutions, markets and railway station, Dhanbad superintendent of police (SP) Ravi Kant Dhan today directed all officers in-charge (OC) to post personnel, including women officers, in civil dresses to check eve-teasing.

“Women should not face any safety-related problems. Officers have been asked to be more vigilant near schools, colleges, theatres, market plaes and even liquor shops,” said Dhan.

All OCs have been directed to identify the areas in their respective jurisdiction from where such complaints are received.

The Tiger Mobile Force also has been asked to intimate police control rooms about their locations so that in case of a complaint, the nearest mobile unit can be informed.

The Tiger Mobile Force is a special contingent of 80 policemen on 40 bikes that rolled out of Dhanbad on August 3, 2011 to better patrol areas, which were not accessible on four wheelers.

The SP also warned the force that if no action was taken even after receiving a complaint, the SP would take steps against personnel concerned. The concerned officer in-charge would also be held responsible.

“Once patrolling intensifies in all the earmarked zones and a few ruffians punished, women would certainly face less harassment,” said Dhan.

A couple of day ago, Coal Belt DIG Laxman Singh held a similar meeting with senior officers and instructed them to ensure women’s safety.