222 eve teasers caught in 10 months
Buttressing its tagline Ever Victorious, the Warangal police appears to have found a solution to the perennial problem of eve-teasing and stalking: The SHE teams, launched with the sole aim to curb eve teasing and stalking thereby providing a safe and secure Warangal city for women, have caught as many as 222 offenders in the last 10 months of their existence.
Warangal: Buttressing its tagline ‘Ever Victorious’, the Warangal police appears to have found a solution to the perennial problem of eve-teasing and stalking: The SHE teams, launched with the sole aim to curb eve teasing and stalking thereby providing a safe and secure Warangal city for women, have caught as many as 222 offenders in the last 10 months of their existence.
Albeit, the SHE teams have been functioning in both urban and rural areas for little over one year, since the Warangal Police Commissionerate came into existence on June 12, 2015, there was a drastic change in the police set up and their focus on the safety and security of the denizens, especially the women, in the tri-cities of Warangal, Hanamkonda and Kazipet.
The stats suggest that police’s massive awareness campaign about SHE teams in the Commissionerate area for the last one year haven’t gone waste. It might be noted here that police teams have visited educational institutions, women’s hostels, offices and public places, besides advertising about the WhatsApp and the recently launched Hawk Eye app facilities that victims can reach them.
The SHE teams have registered as many as 205 cases against 222 eve teasers since June 15, 2015. Of them, 209 accused were apprehended. Counselling sessions were conducted to 131 accused, it’s learnt. In all, the accused in connection with 196 cases were found guilty of eve teasing. While five cases are in pending trial, four cases are under investigation.
As of now, there are 10 SHE teams working in the Commissionerate area against the last year’s eight. Each SHE team consists of one Sub-Inspector of Police, a woman police officer and three constables. Meanwhile, the police had received as many as 608 complaints through WhatsApp.
It may be mentioned here that police launched WhatsApp (9491089257) number in December 2015 enabling the people to their complaints in the form of send text, photo and video messages, which is monitored round the clock by one Sub-Inspector and three constables. However, most of the complaints are said to be traffic related.
Speaking to The Hans India, Police Commissioner G Sudheer Babu said: “SHE teams have re-instilled the feeling of security among the women. On the other hand, we are trying to change the mindset of the eve teasers by counseling in the presence of their parents. We are letting off the first time offenders with a warning and a fine. If the offenders are found refusing to mend their ways, a case is made out against them.”