In yet another initiative to make the capital safer for women, the Delhi Police has launched an all-women patrolling squad. The move aims to protect women from harassers. Police said this will give security to women on roads and in public places in south Delhi. It will also motivate policewomen.
Women cops at forefront
"The initiative is aimed at motivating 'female police personnel' by making the system more inclusive and putting them as a pro-active front of field policing. It is an effort to provide additional safeguards to women in south Delhi," DCP Romil Baaniya told IANS.
"The women patrolling squad has been equipped with bikes with four riding gear, a gypsy with a woman police officer as a driver and in-charge to lead the patrol team, wireless sets, protection team and firearms."
"The squad is a force multiplier for ensuring safety and security of women while commuting on roads and at public places,” he said.
The squad was launched on Wednesday (March 7). To mark the occasion, policewomen took a road trip from Sarojini Nagar to Select City Walk. Many students and bikers joined in, including well-known hijabi-biker, Roshni Misbah.
"Women move around the city at all times. In this scenario, it was thought appropriate to have more women police officers on the roads to instil a sense of confidence among women,” said DCP Baaniya
The women cops will focus on school and colleges during the day. In the evening, they will monitor busy markets like Sarojini Nagar Market, Select City Mall and Hauz Khas Village.
Other states have also implemented all-women squads. The Karnataka State Reserve Police will now employ 120 women constables in the department. This is because of the rising crime rate in Bengaluru.
Also, in a first, an all-women anti-riot squad has been formed which will help control women protesters.