Gurgaon undercover cops to check eve-teasing on city buses

  • Leena Dhankhar, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Aug 31, 2015 11:30 IST
People wait outside the first all-woman police station at Sector 51, Gurgaon to register their complaints on Sunday.(Parveen Kumar/ HT Photo)

Officials of the women police station, under the guidance of the Gurgaon police commissioner, will form undercover teams to nab eve-teasers and miscreants, who create nuisance in public spaces. Officers in civilian attire will be deployed on city buses from Monday.

The police team will comprise three women and three male officers. They will be on duty for 12 hours, from 8 am to 8 pm every day. Each team will include a sub-inspector and four constables, who will take rounds of the city in buses.

The decision to form special teams to curb eve-teasing came after the launch of the first women police station on Friday. The police decided to initiate this drive as a first step towards curbing crime against women. The number of complaints on eve-teasing from those travelling on buses has been on the rise.

Inspector Umesh Bala, SHO of women police station said, “There have been many complaints from women travelling on buses. Our teams will be deployed on all the routes to ensure safety and security of women”.

On Monday, the teams will be deployed on Gurgaon Sohna Road, where hundreds of students travel in busses and are victims of eve teasing, the police said.

The police officers will carry camcorders with which they can do spot recordings whenever they come across a case of eve-teasing. Later, the recordings will be used as evidence.

The Gurgaon police had also launched an awareness programme involving women safety officers in May, with groups going round public places and sensitising working women, school and college girls.

“We are also sensitising drivers and other staff of public transport vehicles. Police helpline numbers have been displayed on all buses, auto-rickshaws and other public transport vehicles,” a police officer said.

Team consisting of six police personnel including three women officers will be deployed on city buses and rural areas from Monday. They will work in 12-hour shifts from 8am to 8pm Teams will be deployed at bus stands, malls, metro stations, crowded areas and near cinema halls.

All cases will be registered at the women police station Students of schools and colleges can complain to the in-charge of the police station and her identity will not be revealed Within three months, all routes will be covered and the police are expecting a major change.

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