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Close watch on eve-teasers

Sambalpur, Jan. 21: The district police have drawn up an elaborate plan to check eve-teasing at public places.

Six woman sub-inspectors of six police stations of Sambalpur, Burla and Hirakud have been assigned with the responsibility to deal with eve-teasers.

“A woman sub-inspector of every police station will act as the woman safety officer. The woman safety officers will deal with eve-teasers in their respective areas. Their job is to keep an eye on vulnerable spots and nab those people, who are found misbehaving with women,” said superintendent of police of Sambalpur Nikhil Kanodia.

“They will conduct patrolling in schools, colleges, around tuition centres and take action against undesirable elements trying to harass girls or pass lewd comments. Policemen and women will be posted in busy areas in civil clothes,” said Kanodia.

“If anybody is found passing lewd comments to the girls, stern action will be taken against him. The police have decided to call the parents of eve-teasers to police stations and counsel them in front of their parents so that they stop their behaviour,” said Kanodia.

“We have already appointed woman safety officers in Ainthapali, Dhanupali, Khetrajpur, Burla, Hirakud and Town police station. If we get a good response, we will think about appointing a woman safety officer in every police station of the district,” he said. This initiative by the district police has received wide appreciation from all sections of society.

“Eve-teasing in public places has become a major problem in today’s society. There are many instances where girls of young age are being harassed, which sometimes lead to serious psychological problems. Even sometimes, victims stop going to educational institutions and coaching classes fearing the eve-teasers,” said Pusparani Mohapatra, a social worker and a local resident.

“This is a welcome move. The police should also think of involving the women of the locality in the drive against the eve-teasers. This initiative will make the girls feel secure in the city,” she said.