Berhampur, June 26 (LocalWire): The Gajapati Police have decided to set up a ‘she team’ to improve women safety and security and to control all kind of violence against women in the district.
The local police announced that the pilot project will be launched in the district headquarter Paralakhemundi on Friday next.
Announcing this Gajapati superintendent of police Sarah Sharma said that the eight-member ‘she team’ will include four women police personnel and it will be headed by a woman sub-inspector.
“Initially three teams will be constituted and they will patrol in vulnerable areas using two motorbikes and a car,” she said adding that the team will patrol intensively near schools, colleges and other private institutions, temples and other festival places where young girls and women are subjected to eve teasing, chain-snatching and harassment.
The programme assumes significance as crimes against women in the district has been increasing with the police registering as many as 213 cases in 2018. Similarly, 83 such cases were registered in the first five months of 2019, sources said.
The Gajapati Police initiative is inspired by the successful ‘she team’ concept launched by the Hyderabad Police to curb the violence against women in the city.
According to Sharma, the police team in Gajapati would attend distress call of every womenfolk and victim of violence and the helpline number of the team would be displayed on the vehicles and social media sites.
“Any female being victimised by any kind of violence can call the team for help and the ‘she team’ will rush to the spot and take prompt action,” she added.
The team will also visit child care centres and educate the inmates on sexual abuse and means to prevent it.
The city police are also planning to depute counsellors at the district child protection unit (DCPU) to counsel the rescued girls and woman rescued by the team and recommend a proper rehabilitation plan for the victim to the district administration.
“The aim of the programme is to provide a safe ambience to girls and women, where they can maximise their potential, and hold their head high without fear.
The misguided men will be brought to the police station and counselled in case of petty offences, but will not be let off in case of serious crimes,” she added.
Sharma also informed that since the team members will be dealing with minor girls frequently, they will not be wearing the regular police uniform.
“We have prescribed a new dress code with the logo for the team member,” she said.
The district police launched a five-day campaign including rally, competition for students, and cultural event on Tuesday to create awareness about the initiative.
The superintendent of police also unveiled the programme logo and released the theme song which has been composed and recorded by her.