Lucknow: The Yogi Adityanath government is on the verge of delivering another of its promise, creating anti-Romeo squads near colleges to check eve-teasing and ensure safety of college-going girls.
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Work has started in this regard and anti-Romeo squads are being formed in every district of the state. The UP Police has issued orders to form anti-Romeo squads in 11 districts of the Lucknow zone. These squads will be monitored by the IG, Lucknow.
“Through this squad, we are not trying to harass people but we are trying to take action against those who are harassing others,” said Javeed Ahmad, DGP, Uttar Pradesh.
In Pilibhit, the anti-Romeo squad arrested five alleged eve-teasers on Tuesday. In Meerut too, alleged eve-teasers were detained by police who were conducting an awareness drive about the squad outside schools and colleges.
The UP police is conducting campaigns across schools and colleges regarding these anti-Romeo squads.
“In a bid to check incidents of eve-teasing and passing of comments on women and girls, anti-Romeo dals will be constituted at the police station levels and action under the Goonda Act will be taken against wrongdoers,” said IG (Lucknow Zone) A Satish Ganesh.
While campaigning in Uttar Pradesh, BJP President Amit Shah had said in Meerut that the BJP, if voted to power, would form anti-Romeo squads to check eve-teasing.
“In Uttar Pradesh, every college would be provided with anti-Romeo squad. Our girls would be safeguarded. These anti-Romeo squads would allow girls to study without fear in college campuses,” Amit Shah had said, while promising a better law and order in the state under a BJP government.
BJP’s national co-convenor Sunil Bharala, in the run up to the election campaign, was quoted by ABP as saying that these anti-Romeo squads will also take action against love jihad. “In love jihad, innocent girls are targeted and lured. To ensure their safety, anti-Romeo squads will be formed,” Bharala was quoted as saying.