Post-stalking, Chandigarh beefs up women security

Following the Varnika Kundu stalking case, the Chandigarh Police is now beefing up security for women.

Published: 13th August 2017 08:16 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th August 2017 08:16 AM   |  A+A-

Varnika Kundu

CHANDIGARH: Following the Varnika Kundu stalking case, the Chandigarh Police is now beefing up security for women. “When Varnika made the distress call to PCR, two vehicles reached her within four minutes. One followed her from the point she mentioned she had passed and the other came to the Housing Board Light point which she was about to approach,” Director General of Police of Chandigarh, Tejinder Singh Luthra, told The Sunday Standard.

Now, they have decided to deploy more PCR vehicles. “At present there are 60 such vehicles, which will be increased to 75. Also, we will try to ensure that the PCR vehicle which goes to the spot to attend to a woman in distress should have a woman cop,” Luthra said.

The DGP said, “At present there are around 1,000 women personnel in the Chandigarh Police of the total strength of 6,000. Now, 500 more will be recruited and they will be deployed in the field.”

“Also Swayam—a woman protection programme—has been launched to train school and college girls in unarmed combat to enhance their physical resilience. This year, from May to July, we trained 8,000 girls of government schools. Even mothers of the girls have started enrolling for unarmed combat training,” he said.

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The police now plan to focus on prevention of child abuse. “Our officers will visit residential areas, colonies, and schools and spread awareness. Also the Chandigarh administration will be requested to install LED light at all public places, so that the areas are not in the dark,” Luthra added.

Chandigarh: The city police have stepped up the drive against drunk driving and booked 2,815 offenders till August 10 this year and impounded their vehicles. The police have also acted on drinking in public places.

As many as 751 cases have been registered and 785 people have been arrested till July 31 this year.
“Now the plan is to enroll teetotaller drivers as ‘angel’ friends, who will help their friends and families drive back home safely from parties. Thus, incidents of stalking and other crimes will also come down,” Luthra said. He added that cab drivers (Ola, Uber, and others) will be sensitised by the staff through special classes.

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