SRINAGAR, Feb 14: In view of an uptick in the crimes against women, the Srinagar police today launched Women’s Safety Squads which have been tasked to ensure the safety of women, particularly girls who are set to now throng coaching centres, schools and colleges.
In this regard, two women’s safety squads for ensuring the safety and security of women in Srinagar city were launched in the presence of DIG CKR Sujit Kumar, who along with SSP Srinagar Rakesh Bhalwal flagged off the first patrolling of the squads.
Speaking on the inauguration, DIG applauded District police Srinagar for the initiative which he said will bring down crime against women and prevent crimes like the recent acid attack by acting as a deterrent.
Initially, two squads were launched which will be patrolling areas around coaching centres, schools, colleges and other vulnerable areas in Srinagar City.
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These squads will also be directly in touch with administrators of the educational institutions/coaching centres for immediate action in case of any emergent requirement while as each squad will contain 5 Lady Police officers/ Personnel each
One lady Inspector namely Khalida Parveen of Srinagar Police has been made overall in charge of these two squads. Police said that a dedicated Women’s helpline 9596770601 was launched by Srinagar Police which is already operational 24×7 exclusively for women’s safety-related issues.
“This squad will work in close coordination with PCR vans, jurisdictional police stations and women’s Police Station, Rambagh,” police said.
DIG on the occasion directed the squad to ensure the safety of girls, women and act in case they face harassment. “I am happy that SSP Srinagar has taken this important step. It is going to be dedicated for the security of ladies as now we are witnessing that things are returning to offline mode,” he said.