Are anti-Romeo squads a ne­ces­sity or nui­sance?

India Today - - LETTERS -

NO Em­power women, rather I think it’s more im­por­tant to train the ex­ist­ing per­son­nel rather than form­ing a new squad which will need fresh re­sources. We need to fo­cus on em­pow­er­ing women per­son­nel and in­creas­ing their num­bers in­stead of in­tro­duc­ing new squads. Yashila Sharma, Delhi

YES Fight for the cause I get that it is the cops’ re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure that women are not ha­rassed on the streets, but if there are other peo­ple who want to help, they should be al­lowed. We know that there are not enough po­lice per­son­nel and hav­ing ex­tra pro­tec­tion is kind of lib­er­at­ing. I don’t think that stop­ping ha­rass­ment and mo­lesta­tion should be the re­spon­si­bil­ity of just the crime branch. ev­ery­one should take this up and we can change the sit­u­a­tion. Ashima Garg, Dehradun

NO Change mind­set of boys I don’t think that only one ini­tia­tive can en­sure women safety. We should wait a lit­tle be­fore judg­ing the suc­cess of the anti-romeo squads. maybe they help or maybe they don’t but it’s a step in the right di­rec­tion be­cause un­less ev­ery­one is at­tack­ing the is­sue of sex­ual ha­rass­ment head on, I don’t think a change is pos­si­ble. It is im­por­tant to change the mind­set of boys and it is equally im­por­tant to pun­ish wrong-do­ers. pun­ish­ment is a part of re­form. Tanvi Abrol, Gur­gaon

YES Not just a po­lit­i­cal stunt one can ques­tion why th­ese ini­tia­tives are taken up right be­fore the elec­tions, but other than that, I don’t see a prob­lem with it. This might have been a po­lit­i­cal stunt but at least an ini­tia­tive has been taken. I per­son­ally know girls who have faced ha­rass­ment on the streets and right out­side col­lege and I my­self have faced it and it makes us feel a lit­tle bit more se­cure to think that there is some­one out there who you can turn to for help. Priya Ir­shad, Luc­know

NO It is only to in­crease vote bank It is just a po­lit­i­cal agenda. Th­ese “squads” abuse a par­tic­u­lar com­mu­nity in or­der to at­tract vot­ers from the other com­mu­nity. It is just a con­tin­u­a­tion of ‘love ji­had’. Tak­ing care of mo­lesters and ha­rassers is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the po­lice and not moral polic­ing squads em­ployed by po­lit­i­cal par­ties. as has been seen in a num­ber of cases al­ready, a lot of cou­ples are ha­rassed by th­ese squads and I’m not sure if ef­fec­tive steps have been taken against ac­tual trou­ble­mak­ers. Har­bani Kohli, Chandi­garh

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