The incidents of women high on alcohol and other intoxicants creating ruckus on the roads and public places, besides indulging in road rage, have been on the rise. This year more than 35 girls and women in an inebriated condition were lifted from different places and dropped at their houses or taken to the hospital by the police. The police control room staff took 37 women, including a dozen creating ruckus on city roads or outside discotheques.
Last year, only 15 such cases were put on record.
However, this year only two cases have been registered till date, in which women misbehaved or indulged in road rage. Two have been challaned for drunken driving.
DSP (law and order) Roshan Lal said, “There are incidents, where women or girls are found abandoned on city roads in semi-conscious condition. Recently, two girls were found vomiting and lying in their vehicles alone between 1 am and 3 am. The majority of cases are reported after midnight. In some cases, girls were left alone after a party by their male partners. Majority of them are found in the vicinity of discotheques.”
Police sources said incidents of women misbehaving on road after consuming liquor had witnessed a rise coupled with the fact that majority of the discotheques offer free drinks to women on Wednesday night. In fact the Chandigarh police have also started a service in which any woman can seek help and call the police control room after 12 midnight to get dropped home safely.
Officials term the trend as unsafe and claim that women should be careful and friends accompanying them should not leave them alone. When women are left alone after midnight or wee hours, they can fall prey to any kind of physical assault. They also added that whenever a woman is found drunk, proper procedure is followed and a only a woman cop can be deputed.