To combat crimes against women and respond swiftly to distress calls, the Gurgaon police has decided to provide women police personnel with 50 scooters.
The scooters will be used for patrolling and reaching those who call the police control room or women police station for help.
The two-wheelers be given to the women personnel on Saturday and, to mark the occasion, the Gurgaon police will organise an all-women bike rally in which 50 women bikers from across the city will ride alondside the women biker cops.
The police bikers will act as marshals for the event and manage the rally, movement of vehicles and safety and security of participants.
The rally will be flagged off from Crowne Plaza at 3pm and will move towards Huda City Centre, Golf Course Road, Bristol Crossing, MG Road, Westin and finish at Crowne Plaza hotel. The rally will have different kinds of two-wheelers such as super bikes, Enfield Bullets and scooters.
A few biking clubs are also expected to take part in the rally, the police said. The rally will cover around 20km in old as and new Gurgaon areas and pass through locations which are crowded so that the message of road safety and women safety under project “Sakhi” reaches a wider audience.
Assistant sub-inspector Kailash Kumari, Sushant Lok police station, said, “We were dependent on the PCR vans or our colleagues to visit spots in case of an emergency. Once the scooters are provided to us, we can independently move about and also conduct patrolling in our jurisdiction. I am very excited to be able to ride a scooter and it will increase our efficiency.”
The police said the scooters are being gifted by an automobile company as part of its corporate social responsibility initiative. The scooters will be equipped with sirens, traffic lights and a PA system.
The police have conducted various road safety campaigns across the city last year. There will be a safety awareness session after the rally for the women personnel.
“It is our belief that strong and empowered women are the backbone of society. We want to spread the message of road safety among women riders by encouraging the use of helmets while riding two-wheelers. We are hopeful that such initiatives will help in creating awareness and sensitising society towards the use of helmets and not using mobile phones while riding,” said Sandeep Khirwar, Gurgaon police commissioner.