Mo­hali cops launch helpline for women

Round-the-clock helpline launched to at­tend to all com­plaints of crime against women

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Live - - CITY - HT Live Cor­re­spon­dent chdlivedesk@hin­dus­tan­times.com

SAS Na­gar: Women in dis­tress can now dial 1091, a po­lice helpline started to pro­vide im­me­di­ate re­lief to the women res­i­dents of SAS Na­gar, an of­fi­cial said on Satur­day.

Se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice (SSP) Gur­preet Singh Bhullar launched the helpline, which will be manned only by po­lice­women, af­ter a trial run.

Bhullar, af­ter flag­ging off a ve­hi­cle ded­i­cated to the helpline, said women could call on the num­ber if they wanted to re­ported any kind of crime com­mit­ted against them. “The helpline will also take com­plaints of snatch­ing in­ci­dents,” he said, adding that it was a 24-hour helpline. “It will be op­er­a­tional round-the-clock and our staff will work in shifts,” Bhullar said, while in­ter­act­ing with me­di­a­per­sons af­ter the launch of the helpline.

The helpline has been launched in back­drop of 22 cases of rape and 45 cases of kid­nap­ping and ab­duc­tion that were re­ported from the district in the past year.

The team that will be re­spon­si­ble for the helpline will in­clude an as­sis­tant sub-in­spec­tor, a head con­sta­ble and six con­sta­bles. Be­sides, the team will also com­prise a male in­spec­tor and four male con­sta­bles, who would be pressed into ser­vice once a com­plaint is re­ceived.

The team would en­sure that help reaches the com­plainant at the ear­li­est and would co­or­di­nate with po­lice sta­tions and po­lice con­trol room so that PCR ve­hi­cles can also be sent in case of an emer­gency. A spe­cial hitech ve­hi­cle has been at­tached to the helpline. CAUSE AND EF­FECT

The helpline has been launched to pre­vent crime against women in the district. Here are few in­ci­dents that led to the for­ma­tion of the helpline

On July 19, two peo­ple were in­jured in an at­tack by a group of boys when they ob­jected to the lat­ter eve-teas­ing teenager girls in Ku­rali. The po­lice have ar­rested the ac­cused.

On Au­gust 16, three youths had barged into a house in Phase 4, SAS Na­gar, and stabbed Raminder Kaur and her teenaged daugh­ter, a stu­dent of Class 10, within three hours af­ter the vic­tims had filed a com­plaint of eve teas­ing against the ac­cused in Chandigarh. All three ac­cused have been ar­rested.

GURMINDER SINGH/HT

SAS Na­gar se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice Gur­preet Singh Bhullar with the women’s helpline team brought into ac­tion on Satur­day.

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