To improve the way cases pertaining to crimes against women are handled and to ensure that women do not hesitate before approaching the police with complaints, the Mumbai police has started sensitising the force about dealing with such cases.
It has also implemented several other measures to make women more comfortable with interacting with the police.
Local police stations are also implementing Mumbai police commissioner Satyapal Singh’s directive asking the police to prioritise cases involving women.
Police stations have been asked to inform concerned deputy commissioners of police if any case pertaining to crime against women is registered. Also, a time bound investigation would have to be conducted for such cases. Local police stations have also increased patrolling in their jurisdictions.
“We have increased patrolling near schools and colleges. We conduct patrolling with the help of women police officials, who can interact with young girls and even give them their contact numbers,” said Rajendra Chavan, senior inspector, VP Road police.
The police said that more security would also help crackdown on peddling of narcotic substances around educational institutes.
To encourage women to come forward their complaints, police chief Satyapal Singh had earlier announced that the police would place 3,000 complaint boxes (in addition to the 1,000 that are installed at present) at schools, colleges and other parts of the city. This would be useful to those who are afraid of approaching the police or do not want to reveal their identity.
Sources said that this is showing results as a few days ago, an accused was nabbed in Byculla based on a complaint dropped in the box.
Singh had also said all police stations would have a minimum of five women police constables/officers, whose phone numbers would be displayed outside the police station. This too make women less hesitant about approaching the police as they would be more comfortable interacting with the women staff. Also the 103 helpline will be operational for any complaints women want to make.