Curious to know if the new police helpline was of any help indeed, local parliamentarian Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Thursday posed as a woman in distress on telephone.
The daughter-in-law of the most protected man in the state and wife of Punjab's second most guarded individual was speaking with a woman police officer who was clueless about the caller's identity.
Two minutes into the conversation in which she acted as victim of domestic violence, the MP disconnected the call. She had not given the officer her location yet. The police called back quickly, still unaware that it was Harsimrat on the line.
The police took her problem details and the reason for ending the call abruptly. Satisfied with the reacting time and response, Harsimrat listened to the police officer patiently, and had all praise for her.
It was before she gave a green signal on Thursday to the deployment of special teams that are armed with latest weapons, gadgets, and training for the protection of women.
The troops have been constituted with special women armed protection teams, which were flagged off by Harsimrat Kaur Badal. These protection teams would keep vigil around the Bathinda city through 10 beat stations. Members of these Women protection teams have undergone special security training and have been equipped with modern armors and communication gadgets.
These troops would conduct surveillance over the different areas of the city through their dedicated control room and would swiftly jump into action whenever an untoward incident comes to their notice. Comprised into 10 different groups, these protection brigades would patrol the different areas in phased manner round the clock.
After giving green signal to Women Protection Troops Harsimrat said, the Punjab Government has initiated the special drive to instill the sense of security and to curb the crime against women in the state.
"For the swiftness of this women protection brigade, Activa scooters have also been provided to them. It was necessary to instill sense of security among the women and their families. The help-line numbers along with these protection-teams would boost the morale of women."
Exhorting the members of the women brigade to discharge their duty fearlessly and with full dedication Harsimrat asked the members of troops to personally contact her or the Inspector General of Police Bathinda Zone Nirmal Singh Dhillon, in case of any difficulty."
Giving message of Lohri for daughters Harsimrat said, "There is a need for society to wake up and celebrate the Lohri festival for daughters. We have focused ever to up-rise the dignity of women and the equalize the sex ratio in Punjab."
Nirmal Singh Dhillon said, "Initiating a special drive to instill the sense of security and curb crime against the women in state, the Punjab government had launched a special drive in this regard by launching troops."
Chief parliamentary Secretary, Sarup Chand Singla, Bathinda Deputy Commissioner Kamal Kishore Yadav and senior police officials were also present on the occasion.