The Mahila Thana in Ranchi will offer women revellers extra cover. (Hardeep Singh)
Fair revellers, Ranchi police wishes you a safe Durga Puja, minus tormentors.
To make pandal-hopping a happening — and not hassling — experience for women, tease vigilantes will be on their toes across the capital, particularly in crowded pockets, during the five-day festival.
Misconduct can also be reported at either of the two 24-hour helpline numbers — 0651-2210533 and 9431700003 — that will bring Shakti patrol teams to the spot.
Helen Soy, the officer-in-charge of Mahila Thana, Ranchi, said two Shakti vans, which act as mobile police outposts exclusively for women, would do the rounds of big-draw pandals and would be informed about untoward incidents over the wireless.
“Besides, complaints received on the helplines will be forwarded to the nearest police station from where a team will rush to the spot to take eve-teasers to task,” she promised.
For foolproof vigil, policewomen in plain clothes are also being deputed near crowded pandals. “In addition, there will be electronic surveillance. Most big-budget pandals are equipped with closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras,” Soy said.
The fair force will receive full support from volunteers of Yuva Dasta, a non-profit pandal vigil group. “We will further deploy our female task force (Mahila Surkasha Bal) to maintain law and order,” SSP Saket Kumar Singh said, adding that ID cards and badges would be issued to the all members of the force.
Singh claimed that ever since the Shakti vans were rolled out in February this year, the rate of crime against women had gone down. “Our eve-teasing cell (helpline number 9431700003) is registering four-five complaints every day.”
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