Former encounter specialist Dattaraya Temghire would be heading the flying squads formed by the city-based NGOs Sarhad and Vande Mataram to looking into the safety of girl students in around 20 colleges in Pune.
“In the last three decades of my career, I have handled cases of atrocities against women tactfully. Instead of sitting at home as a retired police officer, its better to use those skills and utilise them for betterment,” said Temghire.
He added, “I am going to lead the team from the front. I am going to educate girls on the laws and various sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) which deals with atrocities against girls and women and punishments. I aim to counsel the students on how to tackle the culprits, tell them to help the police first by giving tip-offs and conduct many such mock drills with the volunteers.”
“Any citizen has powers under section 100 of the IPC which deals with right to private defence,” said Temghire. The former encounter specialist said that he would teach volunteers that even blowing whistle or winking at a girl by an unknown would count as an offence.
Sanjay Nahar, founder president of Sarhad, said, “Temghire approached me soon after the formation of the flying squad expressing his desire to join. These squads would be formed in 20 colleges and would keep an eye on the complaints of eve-teasing and molestaion,” he said. Nahar said that they would be inaugurating helpline numbers for women soon. “From January 12, the formation of squads will be done. We will train such youths to counsel, keep an eye on students and interact with them. Most incidents of eve-teasing happen after college hours and volunteers would be trained to inform the police and nab culprits. The training would also include tips on how to deal with cases related to misuse of technology,” he added.
“Soon after the news spread that such a flying squad is going to be established, we got overwhelming response. Many housewives, lawyers and physical education directors came to be part of the programme,” said Nahar.