HYDERABAD: Stating that the city police would register cases under Nirbhaya Act for eve teasing, additional commissioner of police, crime, Swati Lakra said here on Saturday that ever since they launched SHE teams for cracking down on eve-teasers, a total of 40 offenders including two policemen were caught and equal number of cases registered at different places in the city.
‘’Among the 40 offenders, 10 were juveniles, most of them are Intermediate students or mechanics, who were counselled along with their parents and made to give them attendance once in a week,” she added. One police constable and a Home guard were also among those held.
City police had on October 24 launched ‘She Teams’ to provide security to women and curb incidents of eve-teasing and stalking thereby creating a safe environment for women and thereby building up confidence among women.
Since the launch of the programme, 100 teams were formed each consisting of one SI, one assistant sub-inspector/ head constable, two constables, and one woman constable. One of them will carry a discrete camera with them. The teams were directly monitored by Additional commissioner of police, Crime, Hyderabad. The common offences were found to be filming girls, women without their knowledge, involving in inappropriate touch inside public transports, passing lewd comments, approaching women for sexual favours, she said.
Armed with video cameras, 100 teams of five personnel each, including a woman cop in civil clothes have been keeping a vigil near colleges, bus stands, hospitals and are closely monitoring such instances, Lakra said. “Our teams are closely monitoring areas near colleges and other places using video cameras. This will help in evidence. For first time offenders, we are booking them under petty cases. Irrespective of their age and nature of the offence, stalkers and their parents/relatives were counselled by officers,” she said.The repeated offenders, however, will be booked under stringent IPC sections and also Nirbhaya Act, she said.
Women are encouraged to give information regarding harassment over Dial 100 to prevent eve teasing. “Most of the stalkers belong to middle class and lower middle class doing menial works. Irrespective of their age and nature of offence all the stalkers and parents/relatives were counselled by the officers not to repeat the same in future. The teams are conducting awareness campaign wherever they go by showing posters regarding SHE teams and anti-eveteasing,” she added.