Monday, December 30, 2013

Molesters beware, policewomen to pose as New Year revellers at Gateway & beaches

With parties becoming synonymous with alcohol, doctors caution against binge drinking

Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai:  Gearing up for the year’s biggest bandobast in the city, the police have decided to deploy anti-eve-teasing squads and policewomen in civilian clothes at the Gateway of India, Girgaum Chowpatty, Juhu beach and other popular spots people throng to usher in the New Year.
    “The policewomen will mingle with the crowd and keep an eye out for those creating a nuisance. We aim to provide a safe environment for girls,” said an officer.
    In 2006, on New Year’s Eve, a young woman was groped by revellers at the Gateway of India. The next year on December 31 night, two women, who were accompanied by their two male friends, were molested outside a five-star hotel in Juhu.
    “Many collegians go to public places to bring in the new year with their friends, but anti-social elements try to take advantage of the crowd and molest girls. This year, too, our CCTV cameras and anti-eve-teasing squads will look out for such hooligans,” the officer added.
    Meanwhile, the police, who have allowed boat parties off the Gateway of India this New Year’s Eve, have not received a single application from any cruise or boat party organizers, an indication that Mumbai is yet to get over the 26/11 terror attacks.
    “We only issue performance licences and that, too, only to boats/cruises registered with us. If a boat party organizer wants to serve alcohol, he will have to take permission from the excise department and Mumbai maritime board,” the officer said. Of the over 250 boats at the Gateway, only one is registered with the police. While the police commissioner is the licensing authority, the deputy commissioner of police headquarters (I) has been empowered to scrutinize such requests and take a call.

The Times of India, December 30, 3013

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