New Delhi: The chief of Delhi Police is mulling a proposal to start an anti-harassment operation similar to the anti-Romeo squad in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh - but the name will be different.
Sources said the Shaktivahini could be the most likely name, given it would be an all-women squad, but a final call is yet to be taken.
"We don't want to be part of any controversy," said a source in the Delhi Police on why they skipped the name "anti-Romeo" which has been widely panned as tasteless.
Delhi Police themselves are known for coming up with unimaginative names - like Shishtachar and Bharosa - but this time they are confident of coining something more apt.
The aim is not just to curb molestation and harassment, said a source, but also to make women more aware of their rights.
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The women police personnel will be given two-wheelers and they will operate in areas from where cases of molestation have been reported the most. They will also roam lanes and bylanes where PCR vans find it difficult to reach.
The proposal has been sent for approval and scooters have been requisitioned, sources said. The preparation will be three stages - training in the use of pistols, learning to ride two-wheelers and a quick course in criminal law.
In the past, during BS Bassi's regime, Delhi Police had a similar operation under a different name - Operation Shishtachar. Under Sishtachar, police personnel used to roam around in their civvies in crowded places and nab molesters.
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