In the wake of the gang rape of a 23-year-old woman in Delhi and the outrage over the crime, the Superintendent of Police (Pune Rural) has instructed the officers in-charge of all police stations to increase patrolling by policewomen at various schools, colleges and other educational institutes and conduct women’s safety audits to keep a tab on incidents of sexual harassment.
Additional Superintendent of Police Vijay Kumar Magar said that police stations under the rural police jurisdiction were given the instructions after SP Manojkumar Lohiya conducted a meeting on issues women faced and their safety.
“After the tragic incident in Delhi, we thought that there is a need to revisit the safety measures for women and ensure their safety as far as incidents like sexual harassment are concerned,” Magar said. “And to curb and keep a tab on these things, we have instructed the police stations to increase police patrolling at the educational institutes premises.”
He said that according to the new plan, women constables will accompany the male constables during patrolling so that if an incident of sexual offences were found at any college, the woman constable could take charge and deal with the case with the care and delicate handling such cases require.
“We will infuse confidence among women so that they contact the police and lodge complaints against any person who tries to harass them or passes lewd remarks,” Magar said.
He said that during the patrolling their main focus would be the college canteens, bus stands near educational establishments, college corners and the places where students are found in appreciable numbers.
“We have already started keeping a watch on the road romeos and people who stalk and harass women, and if someone is found indulging in such acts, the case will be dealt with zero tolerance,” he said.
He said that in rural areas, girl students were generally shy compared to their counterparts in urban areas, and the police aimed at giving these girl students enough encouragement to inform the police in case of incidents of sexual harassment.