Rabale cops become agents of change
FOR A CAUSE Computer education for youth, tailoring classes for women are some of the initiatives taken up by the police
NAVI MUMBAI: The Rabale MIDC police station has set an example of an ideal police station.
The policemen not only go after criminals and solve cases, but are also taking steps to reform people and prevent crimes.
Going beyond their call of duty, the policemen of Rabale MIDC police station have set up a free computer education centre for youth. They also have sewing classes for women.
According to them these steps will reduce crimes, empower women and prepare them for jobs by developing confidence among them.
Five months ago, they took the first initiative and started computer education for to bring youth with criminal backgrounds to the mainstream and to help children from economically backward section.
The computer classes are conducted in the police station building. Over 70 youths and children from the nearby slums attend the classes from 9.30am to 5.30pm every day.
“Our aim is to show them the right path of life by preparing them to face the world with confidence. So we are training them in Microsoft Office and Tally which will enable them to get jobs. We are also coordinating with some private industries which are willing to hire youth, who attend our classes,” said Ramchandra Deshmukh, senior police inspector of the police station.
For empowering the poor women, they have also been conducting cutting and tailoring course in another room at the police station.
“The widows and the economically backward homemakers want to support their families financially. But, many of them do not have the required skills. Therefore, we started these classes for such women,” Deshmukh said.
“We have 10 sewing machines and around 60 women of various age groups attend the classes. We have also requested some textile companies to hire these women,” he added.
Some members of a nongovernmental organisation Aarambh have been volunteering as teachers. As far as the funds for these projects are concerned, a few private companies such as L&T and Daystar are supporting them as a part of corporate social responsibility.
Deshmukh said, “The English language is always an added advantage for getting a job even for the skilled people. Therefore, we started a course of spoken English around two months ago. Apart from the youth and women of the other classes, several other government employees are also attending this class.”
“We will do online character verification of candidates before sending them for job interviews so that the prospective employers do not have to think much before hiring them. This will not be difficult as all of them are residents in our jurisdiction,” he added.
Ritika Mhatre, 22, is one of the women who has benefitted from the class.
“I had no idea about cutting and tailoring when joined this class around five months ago. However, now I can make salwars. I have also learnt the basic English in classes held at the police station,” said Mhatre.
Founder of Aarambh Shobha Murthy said that few police stations in our country take such efforts to improve society at large. “We are helping them by providing our members as volunteers in their classes. Such efforts will also change the image of the policemen,” Murthy said.
Our aim is to show them the right path of life by preparing them to face the world with confidence. We are also coordinating with some private industries which are willing to hire youth.
RAMCHANDRA DESHMUKH, senior police inspector
(Left) Children attend computer class at Rabale police station building. Women at a tailoring class. The economically backward homemakers can now support their families financially.