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Raksha Bandhan: Gurgaon police personnel tie rakhis to traffic violators

Gurgaon’s women police personnel and Road Safety Officers celebrate Raksha Bandhan by tying rakhi to traffic violators, in return of a pledge to follow road rules.

gurgaon Updated: Aug 07, 2017 14:27 IST
Naina Arora
Naina Arora
Hindustan Times
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Women police officers tie rakhis to traffic violators in Gurgaon, in return of a safety pledge to follow the road rules.(Naina Arora/HT Photo)

Gurgaon’s Police and Road Safety Organisation (RSO) celebrated the festival of Raksha Bandhan with a twist this year. To spread awareness on road safety issues, in a first-of-its-kind initiative, the women personnel from the two organisations tied rakhis to both male and female drivers who were identified as traffic defaulters. In return, the officers sought a pledge from these violators, to adhere to traffic rules.

The drive kicked-off from Mahavir Chowk and was carried out at 10 locations in the city including Huda City Centre, Jharsa Chowk, Vatika Chowk and Atul Kataria Chowk. “Raksha Bandhan ke din, hum sabko pyaar se samjhaaya ki traffic rules follow karein,” says Kanta Devi, a woman inspector participating in the drive. “The lady constables have tied rakhis to whoever is violating the traffic rule today. We educate people to not to triple ride or indulge in speeding, and wear helmet at all times. But whoever didn’t follow was treated with a rakhi and sweets from us,” adds Devi.

Nishant Waliya, a two-wheeler driver who was tied a rakhi by a women constable, said, “I wasn’t wearing a helmet so they stopped me. I thought today I’ll be challaned but was in for a present surprise when a sweet lady came forward to tie rakhi. I willingly allowed her and when she told me about the initiative, I promise her to follow the traffic rules from now on and pledged to always wear a helmet when driving on the road.”

Nukkad natak on triple riding in progress. (Naina Arora/HT Photo)

At the beginning of this awareness drive, two nukkad nataks (street plays) were also presented. These plays highlighted the importance of following traffic rules such as not using mobile phone while driving, wearing seat belt, giving way to an ambulance, and avoiding drunk driving. But the treatment of plot in these plays was quite witty, to keep the audiences engaged.

A traffic violator takes the safety pledge in Gurgaon. (Naina Arora/HT Photo)

“The initiative was much appreciated by the public and somewhere they were touched when rakhi was tied on their wrists. Many of the violators became emotional and took the pledge seriously, which was our objective. I feel, our efforts were well received,” says Raj Kumar, an officer, RSO Gurgaon.

Sandeep Khirwar, Gurgaon Police Commissioner, said, “I thank the Gurgaon Police and RSO officers for this lovely initiative. On this auspicious day, we need to spread the message of women’s safety as well as aware people to obey traffic rules. We brought these two issues together and thought that this one day we will not penalise violators, but spread awareness among them and educate them in a loving manner.”

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First Published: Aug 07, 2017 14:19 IST