Over 300 women cops to be de­ployed for safe cel­e­bra­tions

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: In view of the fre­quent cases of crime against women across the coun­try, the Navi Mum­bai po­lice have de­cided to pay spe­cial at­ten­tion to the safety of women dur­ing the New Year cel­e­bra­tions.

Apart from de­ploy­ing con­sta­bles near the ho­tels and other party sites, the po­lice will add more than 300 women con­sta­bles to keep a close eye on trou­ble makers on city streets.

The traf­fic depart­ment will also de­ploy at least two fe­male con­sta­bles while con­duct­ing naka­ban­dis at the ma­jor junc­tions in the city.

“Safety of women will be our first pri­or­ity dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tions. An un­to­ward in­ci­dent took place near Gate­way of In­dia on De­cem­ber 31 a few years ago. Such in­ci­dents may take place any­where. There­fore it is im­por­tant to take some pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures on the eve of New Year,” said Sha­haji Umap, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (zone 1). “Ap­pre­hend­ing in­ci­dents like mo­lesta­tion and in­ap­pro­pri­ate touch­ing, which are very com­mon at the party sites, we will keep our women con­sta­bles near the ho­tels. This apart, the ladies’ pa­trolling teams will also be on the roads through­out the nights. They will keep a vigil on the pub­lic places like bus stops and rail­way sta­tions,” he added.

The po­lice have also formed anti-eve-teas­ing squads which will keep all the party sites un­der sur­veil­lance in civil dress.

Maya More, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor of APMC po­lice sta­tion said, “The idea of de­ploy­ing women traf­fic con­sta­bles at the naka­ban­dis will prove ben­e­fi­cial. First of all, this ad­di­tional man­power will min­imise the traf­fic snarls on the road. Se­condly, and more im­por­tantly, with more women po­lice on city streets, the fe­male com­muters will feel safe and com­plain to them against eve-teas­ing and any other prob­lems eas­ily.”

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