The City Police are mulling to form ‘Shakthi’ teams to check women harassment, along with the lines of a similar initiative undertaken by the Vijayawada Police.
What sets apart the ‘Shakthi’ teams from the existing ‘SHE Teams’ is that the former will not only tackle eve-teasers, stalkers and trouble mongers at public places but will also handle various other crimes against women.
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The Vijayawada Police have selected around 70 women constables for the project and imparted them training in swimming, diving, communication skills and self-defence for a period of two to three months, apart from handling cybercrime cases.
At the time of ‘Shakthi’ teams in Vijayawada, an initiative such teams would be formed in many places of the State based on the response. DGP R.P. Thakur expressed.
In Visakhapatnam, there are a number of educational institutions and workplaces where women are working in large numbers. Given the scenario, the safety of women is primary ”City Police Commissioner Mahesh Chandra Laddha expressed.
“Vizag city has two SHE Teams with 12 women police personnel we can strengthen the existing teams, If the Shakthi team is really needed, we will send a proposal to the government. apart from imparting the necessary training, on the lines of the ‘Shakthi’ initiative,” Mr Laddha expressed.
Visakhapatnam Rural Police which are running four ‘SHE teams at Narsipatnam, Chodavaram and Yelamanchali, Anakapalle areas have counselled 528 persons. Nearly 420 persons have been counselled by two SHE teams of the City Police.