Each day, two women police constables from the DN Nagar police, one clad in a kurti and jeans and the other in a salwar kameez, do the rounds of their area along with their male counterparts to keep a close tab on miscreants in the locality.
The women constables are part of a special squad formed at each police station in the western suburbs (from Bandra to Jogeshwari) to curb incidents of harassment in their jurisdiction.
The squad from the DN Nagar police has been diligently maintaining vigil outside educational institutions each day as they believe women are prone to harassment there.
They have also put up complaint boxes in a few colleges and schools that fall in their jurisdiction. These complaint boxes give women a chance of reporting any nuisance without identifying themselves, as many are uncomfortable about disclosing they have been harassed.
"A female student of a college in Andheri (west) had dropped a letter in the complaint box informing us about a group of boys who would come to the college on their bikes. They would deliberately zoom past the group of girls and then laugh aloud at them. Acting on this information, we caught the boys and fined them," said Amit Lad, police sub-inspector of DN Nagar police station, who heads the squad.
Explaining how the squad operates, Lad said, "We send plain-clothed women constables to be part of a crowd. They keep a close watch on youth or men who pass comments or misbehave with girls. Following this, they inform their team who is parked close behind. The team then steps forward, nabs the miscreant and questions him. If the person is found to be guilty, he is brought to the police station, is fined and issued a warning. He is then allowed to go."
The squad of the DN police station was formed on November 10 and has so far, charged 45 miscreants.