The department has taken this initiative to make the city safe for women.
Crime against women has been rising in the city and across the nation. The Mumbai Police had received flak in the past for its inability to check crime against women. The department has come up with a new initiative to make the city safe for women. Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria has announced that anti-eve teasing squad will be formed in every college of the city. Every constable from a police station will oversee the functioning of squads in 2 to 3 colleges falling under the jurisdiction of his police station in the city. Police officials will also seek the assistance of youngsters.
Maria announced about the formation of Eagle Brigade which will include youngsters who will assist police while patrolling in residential areas. Women marshals will also be undergoing training. Special training will be imparted to youth for tackling crime against women.
Rakesh Maria said, “Our strategy to form a squad to curb crime against women will prove beneficial for them. This initiative will reduce the number of crime cases against women in the city.”
The Mumbai police’s crime against women cell (CAWC) is already functioning in the city which deals with the cases pertaining to crime against women. Despite this crimes against the fairer sex have been increasing day by day and large number of cases is reported.
Mahesh Patil, Mumbai Police spokesperson said, “As of now we will be providing training to women candidates. The squad will start functioning from next week. The youngsters will assist them for curbing crime against women.”
As per the data, 885 offences of crimes against women were registered from January till March this year as against 848 during the same period last year. Till March 2014, 138 rape cases were registered including 76 rape cases against minors. Last year’s figures for the same were 96 and 51 respectively.
Ankita Singh a media student from K.C College said, “This initiative has been taken for the safety of women so I will support them. It will definitely make the city safe for women.”
Kidnapping of women has been rising with 76 cases registered this year as against 67 last year. This year, 71 minors were kidnapped, while last year, the number was 54. Cases of outraging the modesty of women have increased from 327 last year to 390 this year. Cases of mental and physical harassment for dowry have risen from 133 last year to 154 this year.