DON’T PUT UP WITH STALKING ANY­MORE

Delhi Po­lice re­ceives around 100 calls on its an­ti­ha­rass­ment helpline daily, but many still aren’t aware of the helpline, 1096

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - City - - Relationship - Ruchika Garg ■ruchika.garg@hin­dus­tan­times.com

What do you do when you pick up the phone and hear the per­son at the other end say — ‘Wanna be my friend’, ‘Let’s meet na baby’ or ‘Chalti hai kya 9 se 12’? Or when you dis­cover ob­scene pic­tures in your mes­sage box? Stalk­ers have been rais­ing ir­ri­ta­tion lev­els of Delhi women for quite some time now. Of­ten, they have to hand over such calls to male friends/fam­ily to in­tim­i­date the caller. How­ever, it is not ideal to have to some­how han­dle ha­rass­ment.

“I got my phone recharged and my num­ber was leaked. I started get­ting ran­dom calls from guys and didn’t know how to re­port them. I didn’t want to reg­is­ter an FIR since I had heard that it leads to rounds of po­lice sta­tion. I com­plained to Delhi Po­lice on their helpline num­ber 1096. Within a day, the calls ceased,” says Monika Khur­rana (name changed).

The Delhi Po­lice has come up with a cam­paign— Hamse Panga Mat­lab, Delhi Po­lice Se Panga, to spread aware­ness that help is avail­able nearby.

The cam­paign is be­ing run on ra­dio and out­door, and public meet­ings and nukkad nataks will soon be a part of it. “While fe­male con­sta­bles take calls, coun­selling and warn­ing is given by males and fe­males both. They are trained to tackle such cases sen­si­tively, keep­ing in­ter­ests of the dis­tressed in mind,” says Monika Bhard­waj, DCP (PCR). “There is in­duc­tion train­ing and brief­ings where the team is taught the ba­sics. They are told how to tackle the case sen­si­tively, keep­ing the in­ter­est of the dis­tressed in mind. Most of the girls don’t want FIR, so we han­dle the cases ac­cord­ingly,” she adds.

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