Shadow policing, pink autos for women's safety - The New Indian Express

Shadow policing, pink autos for women's safety

Published: 09th November 2013 10:06 AM

Last Updated: 09th November 2013 10:10 AM

The All-India Conference of Commissioners, held in the city, adopted a number of resolutions including introduction of shadow policing and pink autos ensure safety of women in urban areas.

Several resolutions were also taken in the fields of ‘Police Prison Interface’, ‘Ideal Traffic Management’ and ‘Mega City Policing’.

Additional Commissioner for Traffic and Security, Dayanand, who announced the resolutions, said women-friendly services like the introduction of ‘Pink Autos’,  with women drivers ferrying female passengers, akin to those in Kerala, will help ensure safety of women in urban areas.

Introducing women shadow police to check eve-teasing and stalking is another measure, he added.

Reporting and more registration of crime, better investigation and successful prosecution will go a long way in making women feel safe, he said.

“To realise this we must create a women-friendly atmosphere at police stations and have more gender-sensitised police personnel. At least one Women Police Station (with all women staff) should be set up in every police sub-division to take care of counselling aspects and also to investigate important crimes against women,” Dayanand said.

The Commissioner said city traffic police should be included in town planning. “Getting a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from police should be made compulsory before granting permission for construction of new buildings,” he added.

Police Commissioner, Raghavendra Auradkar, said though the expected number of delegates did not turn up for the conference, the conference discussed important aspects of urban policing.

Former police commissioner, B N Garudachar, said Bangalore has turned into a hot spot for human trafficking. “The number of crime police stations should be increased to 200 and there should be 100 traffic police stations in Bangalore,” he noted.

Home Minister K J George  urged the police to be courteous in their interactions with women, children and the aged.

Other Resolutions

■ Eve-teasing, ragging of girls in educational institutions, etc must be reviewed first by senior officers

■ Strict implementation of parking fees and congestion fees

■ Civic sense of traffic management to be made curriculum in schools

■ Increase in traffic challan amount 

■ Sensitisation of men, students in schools and colleges

■ Films on women’s safety and publicity material to be made part of policing 

■ Placing complaint boxes at public places

■ Documentary films by Mumbai police to be shown in theaters and at public places in local languages

■ Strengthening Women’s Helpline, Anti Human Trafficking Units (AHTUs), Crimes Against Women Cell, Liaison with NGOs and other stakeholders in the area of women’s safety

■ More number of women police personnel to be induced into the police force 

■ More incentives to be introduced for prison officials

■ Live updates of traffic through radio/Twitter

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