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

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

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

PHO­TOS: BACHCHAN KU­MAR

(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.

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