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Squads against eve-teasing to patrol suburbs

Responding to mounting pressure to curb instances of sexual harassment in the city, the police on Thursday announced that a special squad will be set up at every police station in the western suburbs to keep an eye on eve-teasers.

mumbai Updated: Nov 11, 2011 01:27 IST
HT Correspondent

Responding to mounting pressure to curb instances of sexual harassment in the city, the police on Thursday announced that a special squad will be set up at every police station in the western suburbs to keep an eye on eve-teasers. Two teenagers, Keenan Santos and Reuben Fernandes, were stabbed to death in Amboli on October 20 after they confronted eve-teasers.

The squad will patrol public places like malls, gardens, colleges etc in the western suburbs. “It will have a sub-inspector, preferably a female, two female constables, and two male constables,” said Vishwas Nangre Patil, additional commissioner of police (west region).

“The squad members will be clad in plain clothes. They will look out for hooligans and eve-teasers, who will be booked under sections 110 (indecent behaviour in a public place) and 117 (misbehavior in a public place) of the Bombay Police Act, and fined Rs1,200,” said a police officer.

The mobile squads will be set up at all police stations between Bandra and Jogeshwari, and between Bandra-Kurla Complex and Powai.

The police believe the squad is going to deter eve-teasers to a large extent. Victims can call up the local police station and the miscreants will be fined immediately. The police also expect that this measure will help women come out more openly against incidences of sexual harassment, which on many occasions go unreported.

Santos and Fernandes were stabbed near a paan shop outside Amboli Bar and Kitchen located in Andheri (West) when they stood up against Jitendra Rana who was making lewd remarks to the women in their group of seven.

The two were rushed to Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital where Santos was declared dead on admission. Fernandes died after a 11-day struggle on October 31. The police arrested Rana and three others on charges of murder and are currently in judicial custody.

The incident created a furore in the city as Mumbaiites rallied behind the parents of the victims and sought a better mechanism to ensure such instances of sexual harassment are not repeated.