The recent molestation of a four-year-old girl of a Juhu school has prompted the city police to go an extra mile in preventing crimes against schoolchildren and collegians.
Deputy commissioner of police (zone IX) Pratap Dighavkar has instructed policemen from his jurisdiction to visit all schools in their respective areas and meet school and college authorities during the week to discuss problems related to children. This is to clamp down on crimes such as harassment, eve-teasing and any such offences. The move will give students and staff an easy access to the police.
It is the first time that the police have taken such a step to make themselves easily accessible. They have put up a banner outside every school and college with phone numbers of senior police inspector, crime police inspector and the detection officer.
“Offences like eve-teasing, molestation and several other pretty crimes happen inside or outside schools and colleges. A student can immediately inform the police station’s senior officer. So I have also started to put a police board with phone numbers outside each and every gate of the schools and colleges in the area,” said Dighavkar.
A sub-inspector will be given charge of one school and one college in every police station’s jurisdiction in the zone.
He will visit the schools and colleges twice or thrice a week to discuss with the principal and students about any problems that may require police intervention.
“In case of emergency, students can immediately contact the police station concerned which will expedite solving the issues,” said Dighavkar. He added that there are around 140 schools and colleges in Zone 9 — from Bandra (West) to Andheri (West).
“One sub-inspector will be given one school and one college which he will visit twice or thrice a week to interact with students, principal and staff and discuss their problems,” said Dighavkar.