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Beware Romeos! J’khand adopts UP drive now

Jharkhand has adopted Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s anti-Romeo squad (ARS) model to check eve-teasing in public and on educational campuses

ranchi Updated: Mar 25, 2017 17:43 IST
Sanjoy Dey
Shakti commandos questioning boys at the science block of Ranchi Women’ s College after district police launched an anti-Romeo campaign in Ranchi
Shakti commandos questioning boys at the science block of Ranchi Women’ s College after district police launched an anti-Romeo campaign in Ranchi(Parwaz Khan/HT Photo)

Beware Romeos! Now Jharkhand has adopted Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s anti-Romeo squad (ARS) model to check eve-teasing in public and on educational campuses.

The ARS, which has started functioning in Ranchi, will be replicated in other districts of the state very soon, state police officials said on Friday.

Ranchi police have constituted four teams with a woman ASI and constable and two male constables. The ARS teams claimed that they found over 30 eve teasers outside different women’s colleges in the city on Friday.

“The ARS was constituted to provide safety and security to girls studying in schools and colleges,” said senior superintendent of police, Ranchi, Kuldeep Dwivedi.

Crime against women is on the rise in Jharkhand. National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data reveals that crime against women has increased even after Raghubar Das led BJP government came in power in the state in December 2014. The NCRB had recorded altogether 5,972 cases committed against women in 2014, which increased to 6,518 in 2015.

According to the crime records available on Jharkhand police website, Ranchi registered 131 rape cases in 2014, which increased to 158 in 2015. The district has registered 104 cases of rape till August 2016.

To check crime against women, chief minister Raghubar Das had flagged off Shakti fleet, an army of 40 women commandos, in Ranchi in 2016. The commandos on scooters are part of a quick response team to back up Shakti mobile application, which had been launched simultaneously.

City superintendent of police (SP) Kishor Kaushal said there is slight difference between ARS and Shakti Commandos. “The ARS is a dedicated team to check eve-teasing, while Shakti Commandos are assigned to take up all kinds of crimes against women, including eve-teasing,” Kaushal said.

Eight mobile numbers were also released o which girls could contact cops anytime, anywhere.

College girls have welcomed Ranchi police’s initiative. “We face lots of problems in public areas and outside the educational institutions. We hope ARS teams will provide us safety,” said an undergraduate student of Ranchi Women’s College, who, however, requested anonymity.

However, a section of the students’ community said that it was tough sometimes to identify eve-teasers and innocent students. “The team should identify properly. Innocent boys should not be harassed,” said Amit Mahato, a student of Ranchi university.