In order to make female students feel safe on their school and college premises, the police have started an initiative called ‘Mission Mrityunjay’ whereby the police have put up hoardings with the contact numbers of the local police station, its senior inspector, beat officer and crime officer.
Around 129 schools and colleges between Bandra (West) and Oshiwara have been covered in the last 25 days, officials said.
Zonal deputy commissioner of police Pratap Dighavkar said: “With growing instances of sexual harassment, especially of teenaged girls, the scheme was designed to provide the requisite help.”
The police said that they have put up huge, legible hoardings on several walls on the premises of schools and colleges to create awareness about the issue so that the relatively vulnerable gender becomes more vigilant.
“We had initially started schemes like society cop in July last year whereby we put up hoardings with contact numbers of concerned officers in housing societies so that the residents could easily approach the police. Mission Mrityunjay is the extension of this initiative and will help in providing immediate help,” said Dighavkar.
The police said that they would also conduct lectures and seminars in these schools and colleges and rope in experts to talk about relevant issues like terrorism, crime and personal safety.
“From the research stage of this scheme, we have been organising meetings with the heads of schools and colleges and subsequently speak to students through them. In Bandra itself, we have organised 48 such meetings with teachers and students and have put up at least 24 boards in various schools and colleges in the area,” he said.
“Police presence on the campus acts as a major deterrent to offenders. Besides, it also gives a feeling of security to female students.”
Dighavkar said the scheme has been largely beneficial as officers have received a “great response” with students calling to inquire about measures to be taken to ensure the safety of their elderly, ways to avail passports or other requisite documents, registration of domestic helps and even the procedure to join the police force.