Mohali cops launch helpline for women
Round-the-clock helpline launched to attend to all complaints of crime against women
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.
SAS Nagar senior superintendent of police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar with the women’s helpline team brought into action on Saturday.