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'Women should speak out and not live in constant isolation'

india Updated: Jan 31, 2013 23:30 IST
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The problem of chain snatching has often been attributed to thin police presence. What is being done to address this problem?

A sub-inspector is told to patrol the roads and residential areas in a PCR van. These vans are constantly on the move and don't have pre-defined stops. Patrolling is a surprise element to fend off criminals and anti-social elements. We have nabbed a number of gangs involved in snatchings this way and the number of these incidents has gone down.

Our current police-public ratio may look bad on paper, but our strength is enough to deal with criminal and anti-social elements.

Often, it has been found that criminals disguise themselves as migrants. Still, the drive for servant and tenant verification has failed to take off. Why?
We admit that the verification drive has hardly achieved 5% of its objectives. However, we have ways through which we regularly conduct verifications, sometimes unofficially, through our beat constables. People should come forward for getting the verification done. It is estimated that 10% of around 3.6 lakh families have employed domestic helps in the city.

We estimate presence of around four-five lakh migrants who arrive in the city for small-time jobs. We have chalked out a comprehensive strategy to keep a check on movement of migrants with the help of our beat constables.

Consumption of liquor in public places poses a security threat to women. What is being done to curb this menace?
We have identified certain problem areas in Indirapuram and Kavi Nagar. We have launched a crackdown at these places and will conduct surprise drives to nab erring persons. The problem at RDC Raj Nagar has largely been solved.

We have given strict instructions to in-charge of all police-posts to immediately apprehend those found drinking in public.

The complaints of lewd SMSes and harassment over phone have increased. What can women do at their end to resolve such problems?
We deal with four-five such cases every month and ensure anonymity of the complainant at all cost. Whenever a woman or her family member approaches us, we extend full cooperation.

Women should come forward and lodge complaints with us. They can approach the women-only police station or lodge complaints at our helpline number (1090).

Security is a collective issue. Women should increase social interactions and not live in isolation.