In a bid to stop harassment suffered by girls and women in public places , the recently launched anti-Romeo squad by the Uttar Pradesh government now enters Noida.
Dressed in ordinary clothes, each team of the squad consists of a sub-inspector, a male and one female constable. These police officials are keeping a close watch in busy areas like shopping malls, women’s colleges.
Following the directive issued by UP police headquarters, the Anti-Romeo squads were set up in every police station. Dharmendra Singh, SSP, Gautam Buddha Nagar said, “We have decided to form Anti-Romeo Squads in every police station. Each squad will have five police personnel. It will comprise three women and two male constables. Wherever there are women sub-inspectors, they would lead the team,”.
Reacting on the incident, a police official said previously we use to ask eve-teasers to mend their ways but now strict action will be taken against those harassing girls. Also, case will be filed under sections 294 (Obscene acts and songs) 268 (creating public nuisance) of IPC if someone gets caught teasing a girl.
“We want women to approach the police without fear and move freely in the city,” said a senior police officer.
On March 22, anti-Romeo squad had caught 32 boys in Ghaziabad. Some of them were allowed to go after strict warning, however, six youths were challaned under Section 151 of CrPc.
Earlier, UP Director General of Police (DGP), Javeed Ahmed had said, “Safety of ladies is the sole intent of the anti- Romeo squads and this should not be taken as moral policing. Through this squad, we are not trying to harass people but we are trying to take action against those who are harassing others.”
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