The rising incidents of abuse of women and children have forced the city police to do away with rigid formalities in reaching out to help people. Now just dialling 100 or sending an anonymous letter or an SMS is enough to request the police to come to your rescue in preventing crimes and trapping those who harass or trouble you.
Police commissioner BG Jyothiprakash Mirji said: “Since many women are scared to come to the police station and file complaints against miscreants, eve teasers and anti-social elements, we have decided to invite their complaints through anonymous letters, SMS or calls (you can reach the police control room by dialling 100). We will consider letters, SMS or calls as complaints and will do the needful.”
Recently the Supreme Court directed all states to depute plainclothed police officers in public places to prevent eve teasing and harassment to women. A senior officer said on the condition of anonymity: “We are already following the procedure of deploying the policemen in plainclothes in crowded and sensitive areas like bus stands, railway stations, parks and theatres to prevent eve teasing and other anti-social activities.”
“Though not much eve teasing cases are reported in Bangalore, it is on in some places, causing harassment to women and girls. We want to prevent these incidents and ensure safety for women,” he said.
“If a woman comes across an eve teaser or someone who misbehaves with her, she doesn’t need to come to the police station and reveal her identity. She can just write a letter to us mentioning her name and address or write an anonymous letter or call the control room and explain what problem she is facing, in which place and at what time. The control room will pass the message to the respective jurisdiction police who will swing into action,” Mirji said.
“Most women do not prefer to come to the police station and file complaints against such characters as they are afraid. So we have taken this initiative. Once the information is passed, an inquiry will be conducted. Based on the authenticity of the complaint, we will register a case, if necessary,” Mirji said. “People can pass on any kind of information through an anonymous letter or call. They can give information on rowdy activities in their neighbourhood, gambling spots, arrack sale or gathering by a group with criminal intention. People can send SMS to police officers’ mobile numbers too. They can also take photos and send them to us. Every citizen should become police-friendly. Hence we have started a ‘Public Eye’ so that public themselves become the police and take photos of miscreants,” he said.
A police inspector said on the condition of anonymity: “It is true that eve teasing and crime against women are reported because women are scared to file complaints against miscreants. I hope people will not use this service in a wrong way to take revenge on someone who is a rival.”