TADEPALLIGUDEM: ‘Praja Sannihita’ (reaching out to people), a unique programme launched by Superintendent of Police B. Balakrishna in this coastal town of West Godavari district on Friday, provided an opportunity to Batchu Pushpa Venkata Varalakshmi, an estranged wife of a London-based software engineer and a victim of dowry harassment to give vent to her feelings. The programme drew her from Juvvalapalem under Tadepalligudem mandal after she found little support for her cause in the local police station. “The local SI refused to register a case of dowry harassment and initiate action against my husband and in-laws by allegedly taking sides in favour of the accused in the name of counselling,” complained Pushpa who retuned from London unable to bear the ‘torture’ meted out by her husband for more dowry. After her return, her in-laws allegedly confined her in a house, denying her contact with her parents,” the victim said.
“Kindly, do justice to my one-year-old daughter and myself,” she pleads with the SP while seeking divorce from her husband.
M. Sindhu, a student from the local Vasvavi Engineering College, sought to give an expression to the feelings of girl students on the increasing trend of acid attacks across the State. “Every girl is scared of such attacks. Many girls fall prey to the criminal acts due to lack of timely action by the police,” she said while requesting the SP to entrust the Blue Colts with the task of checking the menace of eve-teasing.
The SP said the department had established a special wing named ‘Women Help Desk’ with phone No, 1091 exclusively to deal with the gender crimes, including eve-teasing. The SP, accompanied by all the four Sub Divisional Police Officers (SDPOs), received 40 petitions mostly from women. The petitions chiefly pertained to dowry harassment, domestic violence against women and cheating of girls in the guise of love.
The SP referred a couple of girls to a rescue home at Eluru for rehabilitation.