Intensified campaign to tackle crime against women: Police chief

The Mumbai police have stepped up their campaign to deal with crimes against women, forming special squads and conducting special drives in problem areas. Police commissioner Satyapal Singh on Wednesday said while statistics showed a slight decline in crimes against women as compared to 2011, both preventive and punitive measures are being taken.

The police have formed special squads in every police station to deal with the menace of eve-teasing and molestation. These squads comprise more women than men so that complaints by women can be dealt with sensitively.

"The squads are supposed to be deployed at the most crowded spot in the jurisdiction of the police station concerned, where there is the highest chance of eve-teasing and molestation occurring. They will be present at these spots every morning and evening and the strength of each police station's squad depends on how serious the problem is in the particular jurisdiction," Singh said.

Similar squads had been set up in the Western suburbs in 2011, after Amboli residents Keenan Santos and Reuben Fernandes were killed while fighting a group of men who eve-teased their female friends.

The police has also for the last one week been conducting a sustained drive against drug addicts who populate footpaths and subways, and target women who return home from work late at night. There have been several incidents of such drug addicts passing lewd comments and making obscene gestures late at night. In the past week, over 100 such drug addicts have been penalised and the drive continues to be enforced, the police said.

"We also have officers keeping an eye outside colleges, to check if any college students are indulging in eve teasing of girls. Whenever any such student is caught, we send a letter to his parents as well as to his principal, letting them know about the offense. The idea is to deter any others from committing similar offenses," said Singh.

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