Why we need to celebrate Mumbai Police's latest step to nab stalkers

Lookout circular (LOC) is used to catch absconding criminals and stop them from crossing the border

In a first, Mumbai Police have issued a lookout circular (LOC) against a person in a case of stalking. The police have issued a LOC against Robert Pareirra, who has been accused of stalking his childhood friend Julia D’Souza.

The case
D’Souza, the victim, and Pareirra have known each other since childhood. They grew up together and spent most of their time with each other but Pareirra got addicted to drugs and was sent to a rehab centre, The Times of India reported.

Pareirra was in touch with Julia after his return from the rehab. Julia broke off with him a few months back and asked him to never contact her again.

However, all her requests went unheard. Pareirra kept harassing her and calling her repeatedly. When Pareirra didn’t mend his ways despite several warnings, Julia approached the Mumbai Police and filed a complaint last month.

Soon after, the Mumbai Police dispatched a team to Pareirra’s house, where they learnt that he had left for Dubai. Pareirra continued to harass Julia from Dubai, following which the police issued a LOC against him, the English daily reported.

He will be taken into custody as soon as he lands at the Mumbai airport.

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What is a LOC?
A lookout circular is a notice issued to catch absconding criminals and stop them from crossing the border. It is used at immigration checks at international borders, including seaports and airports to trace and prevent a person, wanted by the law enforcement agencies, from exiting the international borders.

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The circular is usually issued against criminals and terrorists. It is valid for a period of one year. However, the originating agency can demand an extension beyond a year.