After catching a driver red-handed for harassing a teenager from their locality and getting him arrested, members of Bandra’s Area Locality Management (ALM) 154 ave kicked off a campaign declaring their area a zero-tolerance zone for eve-teasers.
The zone includes the 27th, 28th and 31st Roads in Bandra (west).
“The driver was arrested after the father of the girl along with local citizens laid a trap. She had faced harassment for over two weeks,” said ALM secretary Manuella Saldanah, adding that the accused used to hang around with a group of 20 to 30 valet drivers employed by two restaurants in the nearby mall.
The move indicates a heightened perception of threat among Mumbaiites, who have recently seen a series of crimes against women across the city, be it on the streets, in pubs or in local trains.
Following the incident, DS Patil, police inspector from Bandra police station, visited the locality and assured residents complete safety.
“To prevent such incidents, we have asked all restaurant owners to submit details of all valet drivers along with their driving licences and numbers,” Patil said.
“The police department has declared non-tolerance towards eve-teasing and we have extended out full support to residents.”
Residents have requested the police to ask restaurant owners to restrict their staff to their premises and not allow them to assemble on the roads and pavements.
“We have told them they will not be allowed to stand on the footpath outside the mall entrance,” Patil said.
The ALM has also demanded copy of the valet drivers’ records for security reasons.
“We have details from all residential building, like who stays or works there. Similarly, we would like to have details of commercial units in the area,” said Ignatius Murzello, joint secretary of ALM 154.
“Our constable is collecting details from the commercial units. We won’t be able to share the records with the ALM, but we will maintain them so that if there is an offence, the culprit can be tracked immediately,” Patil said.
“The impact of all the action will be seen within eight days.”