Amid the buzz that Delhi Police is mulling introduction of anti-Romeo squads like those of Uttar Pradesh police, the force has discarded the speculation.
There were reports that the force is mulling a proposal to introduce women squads to patrol the areas which render women on scooters vulnerable.
The Delhi police spokesperson denied having any initiative akin to the UP one as of now.
“There is no such squad or move in the offing as of now. Delhi Police is sensitive towards the issue of women safety and anti-stalking measures,” said Special Commissioner of Police (Operations) Dependra Pathak, also the chief spokesperson of the force.
Delhi Police had started an initiative ‘Operation Shishtachar’ in which women officers in plainclothes deployed in buses and at crowded places used to catch men, found harassing women when BS Bassi was the police chief.
These men would then be counselled by religious gurus against indulging in such activities but the initiative lost the steam later.
Soon after Adityanath took over as UP chief minister, police in the state had launched a massive crackdown on couple in the state. Many people complained that they were harassed by cops as part of alleged moral policing.
Many girls and boys were seen being insulted publicly by both cops and vigilante groups.
Amid some reports of harassment of innocent youths by ‘anti-Romeo’ squads of policemen, the UP Police had warned of strict action against personnel found guilty of troubling anyone in the name of curbing eve-teasing.
“In case a claim of harassment is found to be true, strict action will be taken against anti-Romeo squads. There is a departmental way of taking action,” Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Daljeet Chaudhary told PTI.
(With PTI inputs)