With the second highest record of crime against women, and the highest rise in the number of eve teasing and molestation cases, the situation with regard to women’s safety in the north region is worrisome. Ramrao Pawar, additional police commissioner, north region, comments on the trend and measures taken by police to improve the security in this area.
What is the reason for the rise in crime against women in the north region, particularly cases of molesation?
We have a large number of slums in this region and most of the crimes have been reported from areas with large slum pockets. We analysed the data and found that many cases of molestation have been registered on behalf of children from the five to 15 year age group. These cases happen in slums where people known to the child commit such crimes.
What measures has the police taken to control crime against women?
Every police station in the area conducts at least three meetings with local mohalla committees, which apprise us of the situation in the area, including cases of eve teasing and molestation. We also have beat patrolling.
What do you have to say about allegations that the police do not take such cases seriously?
That is not true. In India, we understand that no woman will file a false case because it goes against her modesty. We register all cases that are reported by women. It is also important to note that the detection in these cases is nearly 100 % in our area.
Does the area have a special squad to counter eve teasing and molestation?
Our squads move around in isolated pockets such as Marve and Aksa Beach. We have also deputed policemen on morning duty at Aarey, Borivli national park and around beaches where most people go for walks. Additionally, we have stationed some policemen in crowded areas such as railway stations.