Calcutta police chief Surajit Kar Purkayastha on Wednesday asked policemen manning kiosks to remain extra alert during the festival season to prevent crimes against women.
He told the officers-in-charge of the 65 police stations in the city to ensure that personnel at the kiosks extended all help to women seeking their protection.
The police commissioner asked the OCs to hold camps to raise people’s awareness on unlawful acts.
The city has been witnessing a spurt in crime against women, especially molestation and stalking.
Purkayastha told the officers that preventive steps should be taken since the crime rate generally shoots up during the festivals, especially Pujas, since many women go pandal-hopping and the roads remain crowded.
“If a woman approaches a kiosk with a complaint, a policeman should accompany her to the police station to lodge a formal complaint,” an officer said after the monthly “crime conference” at Lalbazar with the police chief.
He said offenders would nbe locked in for some time for a number of offences since a recent ordinance has made most of the crimes against women non-bailable.
Sources said no guidelines have been issued yet about the awareness drive because the methods to be adopted would vary from one police station to another. A similar awareness campaign is already on in girls’ and co-educational schools. The students are taught how to react to challenging situations.