Troubled with the escalating instances of girls being teased in schools and colleges and dropout rate being on the rise, Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria has written to all police stations to increase patrolling in educational institutions and ensure such cases do not occur again. Maria has also instructed the police stations to hold a meeting with school and college management and ask them to install CCTV cameras.
According to a circular issued by the police department on Wednesday, a copy of which is with dna, there are several civic corporation and private-run schools and colleges in the city. In the said schools and colleges, the number of female students is high.
"In the past, there have been rampant instances of harassment from anti-social elements and roadside Romeos. Due to these, female students have dropped out from the institutes and, in some cases, they have also committed suicide under depression," the circular states.
It further states that, in order to curb such instances and to boost confidence in girls, CCTV cameras should be installed in all schools and colleges across the city. In addition to this, adequate police protection should be given and, in the premises of educational institutes, mobile police patrolling should be done. This was unanimously decided by the BMC on November 21, last year.
The state government had given orders to take action in this regard, after which Mumbai police chief Rakesh Maria had written to all police stations to put required bandobast at schools and colleges within their jurisdictions. "The police stations have also been instructed to hold meetings with the management of those institutes and inform them to install CCTV cameras in the premises," said a senior police officer, requesting anonymity.
Subsequently, all the regional additional police commissioners and zonal deputy police commissioners have been asked to regularly visit police stations and take stock of this issue, the circular concludes.