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Amidst Growing Criticism, Yogi Govt Issues Anti-Romeo Squad Guidelines

The Yogi Adityanath-led government on Monday issued guidelines to Uttar Pradesh police on anti-Romeo squads after reports emerged that police were resorting to blackening the faces of those caught eve-teasing women.

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Updated:March 31, 2017, 8:49 PM IST
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Amidst Growing Criticism, Yogi Govt Issues Anti-Romeo Squad Guidelines
Anti-Romeo squads in Uttar Pradesh have reportedly shaved the heads of those caught eve-teasing. (CNN-News18)
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Lucknow: The Yogi Adityanath-led government on Friday issued guidelines to Uttar Pradesh police on anti-Romeo squads after reports emerged that police were resorting to blackening the faces of those caught eve-teasing women.

Clearing the air, the government also said in the name of protecting women, police shouldn't make eve-teasers stand in "stress position".

The move comes amidst growing outrage over the way anti-Romeo squads have been carrying out vigilantism and penalising loitering men with severe punishments.

The Allahabad High Court, on Thursday, had asked the government to ensure that guidelines were followed by the police teams, and action was taken as per the law.

There should be no shaving of heads, blackening of faces or "murga pose" (a stress position used as a corporal punishment where sit-ups are done holding the ears), said a senior official, listing out the dos and donts.

The BJP, in its manifesto, had announced the formation of the anti-Romeo squads "to ensure the safety and security of women", should they come to power in Uttar Pradesh.

Over the past week, a number of instances have been reported, where the anti-Romeo squads committed excesses by blackening the faces and shaving the heads of those at fault; at times, even punishing the eve-teasers by making them stand in the stress position.

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