Thiruvananthapuram: Amid concerns of increasing atrocities against women during the Covid-19 induced lockdown, the Pinarayi Vijayan government on Monday (July 19) launched a comprehensive programme to safeguard their rights in public, private and cyber spaces.
CM Vijayan kicked off the programme, titled ‘Pink Protection’, by flagging off an array of vehicles, to be given to the assigned officers of the drive, in front of the police headquarters here.
As many as 10 cars, 40 two-wheelers including Bullets and 20 bicycles were allotted by the government as part of the pro-women project.
The ‘Pink Protection’ is envisaged to prevent dowry- related harassment, cyber bullying and atrocities in public places against women.
The existing pink patrol system would be further strengthened under the new initiative, police sources here said.
Vijayan had said that an increase in crimes against women had been recorded in the state during the lockdown period and the project would address such issues.
Under the initiative, Pink “Janamaithri” beat would involve police personnel visiting houses and collecting details of domestic violence.
The personnel would speak to panchayat members and locals to collect information on incidents of abuse and report to the police officers before a complaint reaches the station.
The specially trained Pink beat officers would be present in public places and a pink control room would be available in all the 14 districts, the statement said, adding that a pink shadow patrol team would identify the anti-social elements at crowded places and take action.
An all-women Bullet patrol team, named ‘pink Romeo’, has already been launched in the state as part of the pro- women initiatives of the government.