Click-happy cops to watch as you whistle

Stalking a girl or passing lewd remarks would soon land you in a soup in Rohtas.

By Ramashankar
  • Published 16.02.15
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Rohtas SP Shivdeep Lande. Picture by Sanjay Choudhary

Stalking a girl or passing lewd remarks would soon land you in a soup in Rohtas.

The district police have planned to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras outside all women colleges and girl schools to check eve-teasing and other women-related crimes.

A decision to bring all the women institutions and sensitive places both at Sasaram and Dehri-on-Sone under the surveillance of the CCTV cameras was taken after review of the cases related to women atrocities by the newly appointed Rohtas superintendent of police Shivdeep Lande.

Lande, who assumed charge last week, said on Sunday: "We have sent a proposal to the state police headquarters to install 40 CCTV cameras at places considered to be vulnerable for women-related crimes. The process will start soon after the approval of the project."

Lande added that providing full security to women, particularly college and school students, would be the top priority of the district police. "Our aim is to make roads safer for women, who can move without any fear," he told The Telegraph.

To begin with, CCTV cameras would be installed near Mahila College, Dalmia Nagar, Ramarani Balika Jain High School, Dehri-on-Sone, Sasaram Mahila College, Ekta Chowk, Balika High School, Sasaram. In addition, public places like Dehri police station chowk, Sasaram town police station chowk, collectorate and other important places will also be covered, he added.

Lande said the cameras would be connected to a control room. "I will monitor the video footage sent to the control room. This will help me to keep a close watch on the activities of the road Romeos and also prevent petty offences like chain-snatching, which have become a headache for the police," he added.

The district police have also planned to install CCTV cameras outside the police stations to monitor the activities of the police. "With the help of the cameras, I will be able to watch the activities of the cops deployed at the police stations," he said, adding that strict action would be initiated against those found to be indulging in unlawful activities.

The police have identified 18 spots in Sasaram and Dehri-on-Sone, the two main towns, vulnerable for women-related crimes. There were 42 police stations in the district, a few of them have gained notoriety for their failure to check the offences. Recently, a youth was thrashed in public at Tilauthu Bazaar for tormenting a college girl.

A police officer said that Lande busted a gang of chain snatchers the very next day of assuming charge as the police chief. "He prefers to move around the educational institutions and other spots, which are prone to petty crimes," he said.