Khattar pulls a Yogi Adityanath in Haryana, plans Operation Durga to curb eve teasing

Sandhu who replaced Kushal Pal Singh on Thursday said the primary objective of Operation Durga will be to make women feel that they are safe.

Taking a cue from the neighboring Uttar Pradesh,Haryana's new Director General of Police Baljit Singh Sandhu on Sunday said curbing the menace of eve teasing in the state was one of his priorities.

Sandhu who replaced Kushal Pal Singh on Thursday said the primary objective of Operation Durga will be to make the females, girls in particular to feel that they are safe.

"Eve teasing will not be tolerated at any cost.Boys standing outside a girls' school or women's college clearly speak that their intent is not good. Besides the institutions, our focus will also be the public places like parks and bus stops. We are launching Operation Durga on May 1 to curb eve-teasing" Baljit Singh Sandhu said.

Sandhu, however, clarified that the anti-romeo operation will not be a moral policing and the innocents will not be humiliated in the name of operation.

"Operation Durga will be a movement so that the women feel safe. We may use cameras at some places to monitor the cases," Sandhu said.

The new DGP said that out of a total 22 districts, six districts were headed by female Superintendents of police.

CASES REVIEW

Reacting to a question that females approaching the women only police stations were subject to victimisation, the new DGP assured that he will review such cases and action will be taken against the officials if found guilty.

Haryana Police earlier on April 12 had launched a day long operation to check eve teasing which was welcomed by the females who are subject to eve teasing at various public places including schools, bus stops and parks.

Chief Minister's Flying Squads had nabbed 72 people on the first day from various districts who were involved in various cases of crimes against women.

Baljit Singh Sandhu said that besides eve teasing the state police will also launch operations against narcotics, smuggling and use of illegal weapons, drunken driving and movement of criminals from the neighbouring Uttar Pradesh and other states.

"Six Haryana districts share border with neighbouring Uttar Pradesh. As Yamuna dries up at many places between April to June, criminal gangs cross over to Haryana. We are taking effective steps to seal the sneak points to stop the movement of anti-social elements," said additional Director General of Police (Law and Order),Mohd Akil.

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