After the anti-Romeo squads in Uttar Pradesh, Jaipur is set to get its own version, apparently to protect women against violence and crimes.
However, in Jaipur, these squads will consist of police women.
DCP, Jaipur Headquarters, Gaurav Srivastava told The Indian Express, ""We have constituted 26 teams of two policewomen each who will be deputed around the city to specifically deter and prevent crimes against women, such as eve-teasing."
Reports suggest that the women cops have been given training and will be patrolling different areas of the city depending on the time of day and are meant to be a 'deterrent' to crimes like eve-teasing.
Prafful Kumar, additional commissioner of police (crime) told The Times of India, "During day time the team would be asked to patrol in the areas including public places like shopping malls and also in schools and colleges of the city. Their job would be intervention when they spot something against a woman or a girl. It they find there is something wrong, they will directly intimate the police control room and the accused would be directly handed over to the police station concerned."
There will be 26 teams of women cops patrolling the city on scooters donated to the police. However, the administration says that they are not calling these teams 'anti-Romeo squads' and that this had nothing to do with Uttar Pradesh.
The Indian Express report quoted Rajasthan Police Service (RPS) officer Kamal Shekhawat as saying that the women police will be put in two eight-hour shifts 7 am to 11 pm. They will, however, not carry any weapons, but will have batons and even first-aide kits in their vehicles.
A senior police officer also told the times of India that they did not want to create hype around this, but the teams were created to protect women.
The anti-Romeo squads put into service after Yogi Adityanath came to power, had made headlines for several days because of random checks on public.
Women had complained that they were unable to walk around with even their friends or brothers and felt that they were being morally policed, rather than being protected.
There had been several television visuals that had shown these squads beating up and harassing young men in the state.
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