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A number to save for safety of girls

punjab Updated: Dec 27, 2012 22:15 IST

A telephone number, 0164-2215020, is important to save, especially if you are a girl student or a parent concerned about her safety.

This is a distress line that will connect you to the police. The principals of schools and colleges have instructions to educate girls about it.

On Thursday in the mini secretariat, the police sat with the principals to discuss the security of girls. In the first of the direct measures for women's safety in the state, Nirmal Singh Dhillon, inspector general of police in Bathinda zone, asked the principals to display the women's helpline number on the premises of respective institutes.

"Make sure that every girl on the campus has the number in either cell phone or pocket notebook," Dhillon told the principals. "Girls can use the number to reach the police anytime." The police will install complaint boxes at educational institutes so that girls have the option of submitting complaints and suggestions anonymously.

The IG sought the principals' support in the campaign to make girls aware of women's rights and the police initiatives for their security. "I expect you to organise awareness lectures in classes to help girls be familiar with the helpline number and the complaint-box scheme," he told the principals. "We need to create confidence among girls that these tools are for their safety."

"Appoint a member from the women's staff to open a channel of communication with girls, so that they do not hesitate to express their problems," said Dhillon. Most of girls never bring their problems to light, as they do not have emotional support.

Women constables will get scooters to patrol the streets around schools and colleges. They will be in plain clothes and looking to catch eve-teasers. The police helpline numbers will also be displayed on buses. "We'll ask the mini-bus operators to ensure the safety of the girls while they are on board to travel from villages to cities," said the IG.

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