In the new year, the state police have been entrusted with an unusual task to protect “the dignity of women”: look for any hidden cameras in public lavatories.
Home minister Babulal Gaur said on Friday that he had directed the police department to launch a state-wide drive with immediate effect to search hidden cameras in public toilets located at petrol pumps, bus stands, railway stations, cinema halls, hotels, restaurants etc.
Gaur’s instruction has come in the wake of detection of a hidden camera at a petrol pump toilet in Raisen district on December 19. The pump owner’s son was said to be the brainchild behind the crime.
“We have to ensure (that) dignity of women is not compromised at public places. For this, all necessary steps would be taken,” Gaur told HT.
Besides, Gaur said, a five-point action programme had been decided for the state police to follow from this year.
Now police officials, including CSP, TI and ASI, would meet people of four to five localities at a time and try to know from them in private who were the trouble makers in their respective areas, he said.
Also, from now on, women cops would do investigation into crimes against women in the cities with a population of 2 lakh or more. They would also submit challan in the courts, the home minister said.
In towns having a population of more than 2 lakh, the police would have a separate wing to deal with crimes. For that 684 posts have been identified, he added.
From April 1, 2015 onwards the police department would engage 1,000 SUVs as taxis for rural areas for the police teams to reach a spot within 30 minutes in case of fire or any other emergency. In the major towns an integrated traffic control system will be put in place while involving various departments concerned to improve the condition of roads, signboards, road dividers etc.