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Using tattoos to curb crime!

Lahore police will now paste tattoos on faces of miscreants in order to caution people.

india Updated: May 01, 2006 16:11 IST

The Lahore Police have evolved a novel way to let the people identify the pickpockets at public places - they either tattoo the faces of such miscreants or permanently paste white stickers on their face and forehead.

The cops at the Data Darbar Kiosk, a place known for pickpockets, recently launched a plan of imprinting "a star and a moon" on the faces of pickpockets with a special ink, so that they could be identified by the people from a distance, reports The Nation.

The Data Darbar police have so far given this "new identity" to around 50 pickpockets, the paper quoted the police as saying.

But, the lawbreakers seem to be smarter than the law enforcers. According to the paper, in order to defeat this new scheme, the pickpockets have started affixing stickers or bandages on those marks to hide their new identity.

They also wrap up their faces with cloth when they are in action, said the paper.

The pickpockets have turned mini cinemas, snooker clubs, and nearby streets as their hideouts to escape their arrest, the paper said and added that they leave these places only when they go in search of their prey.

According to the police sources, at least eight to 12 incidents of pick-pocketing taking place at Data Darbar and neighbourhood.

On their arrest, the police normally release them after subjecting to torture and engraving on their faces the mark of star and moon.

They police claim that engravings on the faces of the pickpockets was "enough punishment" as they could not remove the tattoo.

They have hired services of a few local skilled persons for the said engravings, said the paper.

One of the engravers, who has been working for the police for several weeks, said that he had made marks (star and moon) on the faces of at least 26 alleged pickpockets so far.

Many of them, he claimed, looked innocents, but he was forced by the policemen to print marks on their faces.

"The ink cannot be removed from the face throughout the life of the alleged pickpockets", he reportedly said.