Delhi ‘speed’ squad fights crime against women
NEW DELHI: An all-female police motorbike squad is set to take to Delhi’s streets next month as reports of violence against women rise in the Indian capital.
The Raftaar or speed squad of 600 policewomen will ride in pairs through the streets on state-of-art motorbikes, equipped with guns, pepper sprays and body cameras.
“It is a robust street criminal containment strategy,” said Delhi police spokesperson Dependra Pathak. “The pillion will carry a weapon like an AK-47 rifle and the rider carrying a 9mm pistol…
They will have all the accessories to make them effective on the ground.” Women and girls face threats from rape, abduction and murder over dowry to sexual harassment, acid attacks and child marriage.
A poll last month by the Thomson Reuters Foundation found Delhi and Brazil’s São Paulo are the world’s worst for sex crimes against women.
Reports of violence against women in Delhi have almost doubled since 2012, with 11 588 crimes recorded up to November 15 this year. Women’s desks in Delhi police stations have been established, thousands of police received gender sensitisation classes and Delhi has more night patrols, surveillance and checkpoints. – Reuters