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Easy access to police was key to arrest of 24-year-old who clicked HR executive in office washroom

The local police have successfully used the system to crack three cases of harassment ever since it was launched a fortnight ago.

mumbai Updated: Apr 27, 2017 15:55 IST
Yogesh Joshi
Pune Police

A housekeeping staffer was found taking photographs of a 26-year-old woman HR executive in the washroom of her office at the World Trade Centre, Kharadi, on Tuesday.(Kunal Patil/Pic for representational purposes only)

The arrest of a 24-year-old man for allegedly taking photographs of a female HR executive in the washroom of an IT company has once again proved how Buddy Cop, an initiative of the Pune Police, has helped curb crimes against working women.

The local police have successfully used the system to crack three cases of harassment ever since it was launched a fortnight ago.

Women can use the Buddy Cop system to easily contact police officers over the phone in the event of a crime or simply discuss safety-related issues with them. “Through this, groups of 15-20 women employees can be connected to a police officer. This will aid them in panic situations,” Pune police commissioner Rashmi Shukla had said while launching the initiative.

In the most recent incident, the accused – a housekeeping staffer – was found taking photographs of a 26-year-old woman HR executive in the washroom of her office at the World Trade Centre, Kharadi, on Tuesday. Chandan Nagar police officers said the man, identified as Bihar native Rajkamal Rajbahaddur Yadav, was arrested immediately after the woman alerted them through the Buddy Cop system.

Earlier, a customer service executive working at a call center was arrested on April 22 through this system for sending obscene messages to his colleague.

Shukla said the Buddy Cop initiative was launched with the objective of making working women feel secure after the murder of Infosys techie Rasila Raju allegedly at the hands of a security guard. “In my interactions with employees, I have heard female employees expressing concern about working on weekends and during odd hours, when there are fewer employees at their offices,” the police commissioner added.