If you happen to ask any eve teaser in Adilabad the reason for his gloomy mood these days, he is certain to look around before answering the question. Such is the fear that Kotgirwar Ujwala, the Women Protection Cell Officer, has struck in the hearts of erring youngsters and others.
Wielding a walkie-talkie, this policewoman zooms around eve-teasing hot-spots in the town everyday offering a helping hand to women or girls in distress. Her “methodology” has been so effective that wrongdoers take to flight the moment they hear the soft purr of her scooter.
Ujawala’s success in controlling eve teasing and harassment of women and girls in town, during her just two-month-old stint in the Cell has grabbed much attention and of course headlines in newspapers. She now has invites from every organisation celebrating the International Women’s Day in town this year for sharing her experiences.
The Women’s Protection Cell was constituted in the I Town Police Station in early January this year after a series of incidents of crime against women rocking the country.
The appointment was a dream come true for this gutsy policewoman who wanted to do something ‘meaningful’ in life.
“I always wanted to be like Kiran Bedi and Vijayashanti” reveals Ujawala, innocence personified, as she tries to drive home the point. “I want to be known as someone who enforces the law to set things right”, she adds.
In addition to rescuing women from dire situations, Ujwala creates awareness among segments like auto drivers, students and the freewheeling romantics on the tricky issue of harassing women.
She visits colleges, auto stands, bus and railway stations, cinema theatres and parks everyday to talk to people.
“Usually, I give my mobile phone number to girls who are travelling alone in autos. I also warn the auto drivers on the consequences of harassing the passengers”, says the gutsy policewoman of a part of her daily routine.
“A week back, I went to Vidyanagar locality inquiring about a suspect who was harassing a girl on cell phone. He vacated the rented house the moment the owner told him about my visit”, Ujwala guffaws as she relates an incident connected with her success.