Women patrolling teams hit roads to protect Navi Mumbai women

Thursday, 12 December 2013 - 11:55am IST | Place: CBD Belapur | Agency: DNA

In the wake of a sudden increase in the crime against women this year, the Navi Mumbai police deployed two women patrolling teams to ensure the safety of women in the satellite city. These teams will keep the city under surveillance 24x7 in two different zones of Navi Mumbai.

“Taking a few major crimes in Mumbai and those in other parts of the country into account, the DG office directed the city police to take this initiative, following which these patrolling teams were formed around around a week ago,” said Fateh Singh Patil, additional commissioner of police.
“Each team consists of one officer and 5-7 constables. These teams will keep public places, parks and gardens, and markets under close surveillance to ensure that women don’t hesitate to go these places at any point of time,”

“We have also instructed these teams to give special attention to college campuses, picnic spots and other hangout places where young couples spend time. It is a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of all residents,” he said.

These patrolling teams have been on roads since December 6. “Women have approached our teams with their complaints in certain areas, but we have not seen any statistical change so far.
Women in the city probably will feel safer while travelling on roads late in the evening,” a senior police officer said.

Navi Mumbai has witnessed a sharp rise in crime against women in 2013. While rape cases increased by 90%, molestation cases have gone up by 120% this year. According to sources from the Navi Mumbai crime branch, as many as 56 rape cases were registered between January 1 and October 31 this year. The number of cases registered in the same duration in 2012 was just 30. As far as the molestation cases are concerned, 117 cases have been registered so far this year, against 54 cases registered in 2012.

“Following our requests, civic authorities installed street lights in the MIDC area that is prone to such crimes. Similar steps have been taken at the Karnala fort in Panvel, frequented by young couples,” Patil said.

“In more than 80% of the rape cases registered this year, the accused and victims were known to each other. Sex after false promise of marriage led to rape in these cases and prompt action was taken against the accused,” he added.

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Navi Mumbai police deployed two women patrolling teams to ensure the safety of women in the satellite city. These teams will keep the city under surveillance 24x7 in two different zones of Navi Mumbai

These teams have been working since December 6. “Women have approached our teams with complaints in certain areas, but we are yet to see any statistical change,” said Fateh Singh Patil, add’l commissioner of police.


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