The Telegraph
Sunday , March 9 , 2014
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Safety first on women’s mind

Patna, March 8: Priya Prasad, a 28-year-old working woman, doesn’t feel safe in the city even one bit now. And she isn’t alone.

A day after two bikers snatched Priya’s chain in daylight metres ahead of the Gandhi Maidan police station, the cops have failed to identify the culprits despite closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) footage.

“We are working on it. There are some leads and the police are close to identification. Nabbing them is the only work left and the hunt is on,” senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manu Maharaaj told The Telegraph.

On International Women’s Day, the women of the city have just one concern — their security.

“I am still shaken up. My colleague and I had come out of a food joint on the Fun Cinemas premises and we were on way to office on Fraser Road. I was driving a two-wheeler when two people on a bike attacked me. One of them tried to snatch my chain and it broke. There were many people present but no one came forward to help. The biker then sped ahead and stopped in front of the former residence of the Patna SSP and looked back. He was frustrated that he had got only a part of the chain and sped off. I was too frightened to react. I went to the police station and lodged an FIR. I am yet to get any information from the police,” Priya told The Telegraph.

“People are celebrating International Women’s Day but we are concerned about safety. Every day, we have to put up with lewd comments and abuses. I don’t understand what the police are doing. The CCTV cameras can only spot the criminals. The cops have to nab the culprits,” said Shyamali Sinha, a student.

According to the women, the police are not serious about curbing crime.

“If a snatching incident occurs in front of a police station, one can understand the state of affairs in Patna. Most of the times we see cops just standing or resting in their vehicles. They are least bothered. Praising themselves for installing cameras will not help unless the police don’t work hard,” Rani Gupta, another student, said.

However, a police officer claimed that the CCTV cameras had helped curb crime.

“The CCTV cameras have helped the police detect a lot of criminals. The technology is for the people only. There have been arrests made on the basis of CCTV footage. Incidents of crime have come down. The police are doing their best to ensure that women feel safe in the city,” a police officer said.