It is not for nothing that Delhi has earned the tag of one of the most-unsafe cities for women in the country.
Data collected by Delhi Police reveals that on an average 55 women are harassed or stalked by strangers every day.
In January this year the police had set up a helpline for women who get obscene calls and are being harassed.
Till May 8 this year, police had received 6,690 complaints — some lodging complaints about calls from countries as far as Pakistan, Bangladesh and US.
The helpline (2789-4455) does not require the woman to register a formal complaint and, if she wants, her identity can also be kept under wraps.
All that the woman needs to do is to give the number from where the obscene calls were generated and the police would take care of the rest.
“In 99 per cent cases we found out that after a woman complained to us, the caller stopped harassing her. As soon as we get a complaint we put our men on the job and the miscreant is brought to book,” said Satyendra Garg, additional commissioner of police (crime).
“Registering or giving a formal complaint is not mandatory.”
Police said many women from outside Delhi have also called them for help.
“Sometimes we get calls from other states. If it is within our limits, then we help the complainant, else we forward the complaint to the police department concerned,” said Garg.
The police had recently received a call from a woman who said she regularly received calls from someone in Pakistan.
“We cannot do much in those cases. We only persuade the complainant to change her number,” said Garg.
“This is a good initiative and it is helpful for women who fear going to the police,” said Shruti Buddhiraja (19), a college student.
“The fact that you do not require to lodge a formal complaint is the best thing about the help line.”