HYDERABAD: The crime rate against women has come down ever since ‘She Teams’ were deployed in Hyderabad, Swati Lakra, additional commissioner of police (Crime) has claimed.
“Post its launch in October last, we received as many as 69 calls in November, 42 in December, 15 in January and so far, 3 calls in February,” she told a press conference here on Friday.
As many as 113 people have been caught by ‘She Teams’ in different parts of the city since October last year. Of the 113 people, mostly students, 57 have been produced before court and among them 10 were convicted for two to three days jail and also fined. As many as 47 people were fined Rs 50 each, she said.
A total of 100 ‘She Teams’ have been formed comprising sub-inspector, assistant SI, police constable and one woman constable, carrying discreet cameras in civil dress, to check incidents of eve-teasing, stalking and to provide security to women in the city, Lakra said.
Hundred of such teams were placed at hot spots like bus stops, railway stations, colleges, women hostels, shopping malls, parks and cinema theatres, she said.
“As many as 56 persons who were nabbed are minors. They were counselled in the presence of their parents at Childline
Centre by professional counsellors,” she said. All those nabbed fall in the age group of 15 to 68 years, she said adding that they belong to various strata of society such as students, people running petty businesses, menial workers, private employees including college lecturers as well. Repeated offenders will be booked under Nirbhaya Act. However, Lakra said that so far, there were no serial offenders.
While awareness campaigns were being held at various educational institutions and working women hostels, posters on She Teams released on Friday will be pasted at the hot spots, including government offices.