The state government is planning to provide police escorts to women in case they felt unsafe or in distressed while travelling at odd hours at night. If the plan for this pilot project in Mumbai comes through, the police will drop women at safe locations like, a railway station, bus stop or taxi stand.
“Women will be dropped at safe places,” said home minister RR Patil on Monday, adding that they were studying the number of vehicles and manpower needed for it. “Some may misuse this facility, but it will definitely help women,” he added.
“From a media survey conducted in metros, it was observed that the response time is the least in Mumbai with an average of just 7-minutes,” said Patil, adding that they planned to reduce it further by another minute, if factors like traffic permits them to do so. He said the low average response time, (which however, varies based on traffic, availability of manpower and vehicles) had come about due to use of modern technology like the Global Positioning System (GPS) in vehicles, which enabled easy and faster deployment.