Special team constituted to check the menace of eve-teasing in MMTS trains
Eve teasers on the MMTS trains beware. Lewd comments, whistles and harassment of women passengers can have them walking straight into a ‘honey trap’ laid out by the railway police.
The honey trap to check the eve-teasing menace in MMTS trains is giving jitters to many youngsters these days. Using it, the police in the last three months have nabbed more than 50 eve-teasers, including four B.Tech students.
Given an increase in complaints of eve-teasing in MMTS trains, the Secunderabad railway police set up eight-member special team comprising four women constables. In the guise of passengers, the women constables travel in MMTS trains and identify eve teasers in compartments and railway stations.
Once the miscreants are identified, the women constables alert their colleague over mobile phones about them. And based on this information, the policemen are taking them into custody at the nearby railway station. The arrested youngsters are counselled in the presence of their parents and released.
Secunderabad Railway Superintendent of Police M. Kantha Rao says the technique has been yielding results as the police were able to nab many youngsters easily. The team was constituted after identifying areas prone for such menace.
The Begumpet-Hi-Tech City route was one of the areas where police earlier received complaints from women. Thousands of women working in IT and ITeS sectors commute in MMTS trains every day and many of them faced the problem.
“We are focusing on this stretch keeping in view the rush during peaks hours,” Mr. Rao says.
On Saturday too, the police arrested nine youngsters for indulging in eve-teasing at James Street railway station. Secunderabad Railway Inspector J. Umender Rao says, “We are registering cases under Section 294 of IPC against wrongdoers and arresting them.”
History-sheets would be opened if anyone is found to be involved in the same offence for the second time, he warned. Women can alert police (040-27702337, 94407 00040, 94409 04873) if they find eve-teasers in trains and railway stations.