Special police teams in Hyderabad for women's safety

Hyderabad: Hyderabad Police Friday set up 100 special teams to check harassment of women in public places. To be called 'She' teams, their members will keep a tight vigil at places where sexual harassment is common.

Each team comprises five police personnel and they have been provided small cameras to record the movements of suspects. Police Commissioner Mahender Reddy told reporters that the teams will mingle with the general public, including women to keep an eye on the suspects.

He said the measure was aimed at dealing with all cases of harassment of women including physical and mental abuse. The teams, which will work under the direct supervision of additional commissioner Swati Lakra, will act swiftly on the complaints of harassment of women in public places.

Dial 100 will be the helpline to lodge all complaints by the victims, whose identity will be kept confidential. 'She' teams will bring culprits to central crime station and counsel them in the presence of their family members. They will also be dealt with in accordance with the law.

The counselling is aimed at ensuring that they don't repeat such acts in future. "Stringent action will be initiated under Nirbhaya Act, if they come to adverse notice again," said the police chief. The teams have been constituted as part of the measures being taken by Telangana government for women's safety and security.

The city police has also proposed to the government a legislation to curb harassment of women on the lines of Andhra Pradesh Anti Ragging Act and Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Eve Teasing Act.

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