Forget thieves and robbers, the UP police appear to find it hard to keep up with roadside Romeos.
Over the last seven years, the police have come up with four drives to keep them in check, but none seems to have served the purpose. Now the force has come up with a fifth - the ambitiously nicknamed "five-star service" for women which would be launched within a month.
Simply put, this is a computerised database that would keep details of every man who harasses a woman, under which an accused would get booked in five simple steps. The process will begin as soon a woman calls the police at an ordained number - 1010.
The five steps would be marked with five stars.
1. A complaint would be lodged with the call.
2. Police would identify the accused, call him and issue a warning.
3. Police would ask the woman whether the harassment has stopped.
4. If the reply is negative, the police will issue a second warning
5. An FIR would be lodged.
In between, the police would create a database of the accused containing all his details. "The database will act as a deterrent," said Navniet Sakera, deputy inspector general of police, who has developed the entire programme. "And the best part is that the girl will not be involved after registering the complaint. The police will take care of everything."
The set-up will be supervised by a senior IPS officer and trained policewomen would take the calls. But who would protect these policewomen from harassment?
Three weeks ago in Lucknow, an anonymous caller began troubling policewomen. Every time a woman staffer picked the phone, he used vulgar language. Finally on September 3, an FIR was filed. So will the new system make such men see stars? Police are keeping their fingers crossed.