After Uttar Pradesh, Ahmedabad city to get permanent anti-Romeo squad. Even as the concept of introducing anti-Romeo squads has raised many questions after incidents of violence in Uttar Pradesh, police forces in the city of Ahmedabad too have decided to follow suit to make it safer for women.
While Gujarat was one of the first states in the country to introduce an anti-Romeo squad in 1999, it acted on a sporadic basis in major cities in the state. Previously the squads came into action only during times of festivities.
However, the city of Ahmedabad is now getting a permanent anti-Romeo squad that will consist of 10 police officials including both male and female cops. As per 7c News report, the squads are going to come into action starting April 18.
ACP (women cell) Panna Momaya said, “Apart from taking prompt action on complaints against eve-teasers, we will also conduct flash mock drills at places frequented by teenagers and educate girls on how to tackle lumpen elements and seek police help by dialing helpline numbers.”
The anti-Romeo squad will especially be vigilant during night hours to curb the possibilities of attacks on women, said a police official.
An average of 100 cases of eve-teasing on a monthly basis and while the majority of them get resolved, FIRs needed to be filed for others.
While the introduction of such squads is beneficial to the women in general, it has to be noted that some of the police officials who are a part of such squads have taken law into their own hands and crossed the line on more than one occasion.
When the squads were introduced across UP after the elevation of Yogi Adityanath, there were many complaints of direct assault by the police; the chief minister had to intervene as he told the police to maintain certain guidelines.
Another major issue with such squads is the fact that local fringe groups also turn into self-proclaimed men with ‘morals’, and find it apt to enforce their moral values and harass couples.
Though the introduction of anti-Romeo squads will be beneficial in reducing cases of crime related to women, but the political leaders and police have to check misuse of power among their own units or fringe groups that have gone to a new extent