Punjab Government comes forward to take a step towards woman safety and security by offering Free Drop Services to women through Punjab Police between 9 pm and 6 am. The announcement was made by Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Amarinder Singh on Tuesday, December 3rd. Punjab Government’ announcement comes after a similar initiative was launched by Ludhiana Police.
The facility is specifically launched for women who do not have access to the availability of the safety vehicle, including taxi, an auto-rickshaw or three-wheeler. Women would only have to dial 100, 112 and 181 on their phone to directly connect to the police control room, where the women callers can request for a safe ride home just by telling their location.
Not only this, to doubly- sure the safety and comfort of the women, one lady officer or constable will be accompanying the woman in the police van till the drop location.
The announcement was made by Punjab CM via a tweet which read:
“Women in Punjab can avail free police help to reach their homes safely anytime between 9 PM-6 AM. This facility will be available via-100, 112 & 181 through which you will be connected to Police Control Room. For an added sense of security, a lady officer will also accompany you.”
Punjab CM has asked the Director-General of Police (DGP) Dinkar Gupta to ensure the implementation of the facility across the state.
As quoted by the Pioneer, Gupta said, “DSP or ACP (Crime against Women) will be the Nodal Officer to implement the scheme in each district. Their numbers would be available on the Punjab Government and Punjab Police websites.”
DGP Gupta also ensured that Police has been working on more such schemes for working towards women safety.
Apart from this, the Punjab government has also launched an SOS app for women feeling unsafe. The app named ‘Shakti’ can be installed on your phone easily. The women in need of police assistance can push a button on the app and the police will get the notification about the location of the woman. The app would also send an SOS message to her top 10 contacts. SOS refers to a Morse code or we can say an international code signal which is transmitted in the event of extreme distress
Earlier on Sunday, December 1, the Ludhiana police had launched a similar free-ride scheme for women after the gruesome gang-rape and murder of a Hyderabad veterinary doctor. The initiatives seem to be compensating efforts by the governments to the growing concerns towards women safety.
Source: Time of India