In a step that is similar to the anti-Romeo squad that was formed by the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh recently, the chief minister Vasundhara Raje-led Rajasthan government has formed an all-women team of 52 cops. They will be deployed in 200 checkpoints across Jaipur so as to make the city safer for women, an NDTV report said. As per the report, they will patrol outside public places like schools, colleges, parks, temples, malls between 7 am to 11 pm. The women cops’ team will be mobile for quick reaction time as they have been provided with two-wheelers.
Speaking to Indian Express, DCP, Jaipur Headquarters, Gaurav Srivastava said that 26 teams have been constituted, who will be deputed across the city in order to prevent crimes against women. He had also said that these policewomen would be posted at several places depending on which time of the day it is. Giving an example, the DCP said that they will be near parks in the morning, outside schools in afternoon and near malls and markets in the evening.
“The idea is that just their presence should act as a deterrent for any untoward incident. We had undertaken a survey of the places with the higher likelihood of crimes against women and have accordingly developed a deputation plan,” he was quoted as telling Indian Express.
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Rajasthan Police Service (RPS) officer Kamal Shekhawat, the nodal officer for the initiative said that points have been identified by the police, where “the likelihood of such harassment is higher. More points will be added with time. The women will work from 7 am to 11 pm.” As per the report, these policewomen will only have a customised baton with them. Each team will have a scooter, a first-aid kit and a walkie-talkie set. The officers also added that these 26 teams are being referred to as “women patrols”.