All-women flying squads to curb sexual harassment on Valley streets

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Jan 04, 2015 19:38 IST

Waking up to the reality of increasing crime against women in Kashmir Valley, the police on Sunday constituted "flying squads" of woman cops to maintain vigil on the city streets.

"Woman police flying squads have been deployed in Srinagar city at sensitive places to check crime against woman," said spokesman of the Srinagar zonal police headquarters.

He said the decision to constitute these flying squads has come as a part of the police's counter-measure to check crime against women.

"To begin with, the city police has deployed all-women police flying squad vehicles at coaching hub of Parray Pora and Baghat areas to assist girl students in the area. Later these squads will be put in at other sensitive places," said the spokesman.

Two girl students have been attacked with acid in the last two years in Srinagar. The latest attack took place in December last year where a law student's face was defaced by a stalker and his friend.

"In case of stalking, harassment, teasing or any unwarranted advances by the delinquents, the girl students are requested to contact nearby female police personnel for instant assistance," said the spokesman.

This step to deploy all women flying squads was initiated as some victims feel uncomfortable to talk on such sensitive issues with the opposite gender. "This endeavor is a part of initiatives taken by police to sensitise the society about the dignity and honor to be extended to ladies," said the spokesman.

The police issued helpline numbers 9596222550, 9596222551 and 0194-2477567 for women to register their complaints.

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