Monday 1st May 2017 was not a usual one at the Jaipur police commissionerate. A group of over 50 brave women constables, seated on classy two-wheelers, were getting ready to take a ride of the capital city of Rajasthan.
The Pink City, Jaipur was marked by an important event when it obtained its first lady police patrol unit. The patrol unit consists of 52 women constables, who shall guard various locations of the city on 26 two wheelers.
The entire idea is to suppress sexual harassment to women who tend to go out and encounter physical exasperation. Each vehicle will have two lady-cops. These vehicles used by the patrolling unit have been donated by Hero Motocorps Ltd. These come with a range of facilities, including inbuilt mobile chargers in their carriers. Apart from this, the lady cops have also been equipped with first aid boxes, batons, wireless systems and flashlights.
Sanjay Agarwal, the commissioner of police, expressed confidence in the fact that the patrolling unit will bring down cases of sexual harassment in the city. He said, “The primary focus of this patrolling unit will be to effectively address the grievances of women in the city. We have identified several places with the varying magnitude of importance where these women will be deployed.”
He further added, “The purpose of all women patrolling unit is to put women at ease which will make them more forthcoming and less hesitant in approaching the police if they face any problem.”
Words from the Lady-Cops:
“We won’t let those who harass women get away. For the last few months, we have been trained to deal with such situations,” says 25-year-old constable Neelam Choudhary.
“I didn’t know how to ride a two-wheeler but learnt it during the training. We have also been given lessons in martial arts, yoga, horse riding and other modes of combat,” said Sohan Kanwar, another member of the unit.
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