Chandigarh, December 19, 2019 (Yes Punjab News)
Further scaling up the police pick-drop facility for women in distress, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has ordered all-women PCR vans to be mobilized in major five cities of Punjab to provide safe transport in response to such calls.
PCRs rushing to help stranded women seeking to be dropped safely to their home/workplace will be manned entirely by women cops in Mohali, Amritsar, Patiala, Ludhiana and Jalandhar, in line with the Chief Minister’s orders.
This was disclosed here on Thursday by DGP Dinkar Gupta, who said that since the launch of the scheme to drop women safely home, a total of 40 calls had been received on 100/112, 181 and 1091 helpline numbers between December 03 and December 18, 2019. Giving break-up, he said 26 calls were received at 112/100, 02 calls were received at 181 and 12 calls were received on the districts 1091 helpline.
It may be recalled that the Chief Minister had launched the scheme on December 3, amid growing concerns over safety of women, whereby free police help is provided to women stranded outside between 09.00 pm and 06.00 am.
Women callers are connected immediately to the Police Patrolling Vehicles and Concerned Police Stations as part of the pick-up and drop facility, available to women who do not have access to a safe vehicle, including taxi or three-wheeler.
Giving details of the distress calls received so far, the DGP said the minimum response time taken by Police Patrolling Parties to reach the caller was seven minutes and the maximum 30 minutes, averaging a total of 12 minutes.
The police parties safely dropped callers at their place of residence/place where they wanted to go. In some cases, women journalists from electronic media also gave dummy calls to the Police Control Room to check the police response time, and successfully verified the same.
In majority of the cases, a woman police officer was present in the PCR, said the DGP, adding that the scheme is still in the initial stage and having some teething problems, which were being streamlined. Once that is done, all PCR vans helping women in distress will have a lady cop, he added.
Though the scheme was officially announced for women stranded between 9 pm and 6 am, the DGP said the Chief Minister had personally directed the police to ensure support to any woman who feels unsafe at any time of the day. Acting on this directive, the Pathankot Police had on December 5, helped out a woman who had called at around 8.05 p.m by dropping her safely home.
Interestingly, there have been instances of passers-by also calling up the police helpline on spotting a woman alone at night. One such instance was reported on December 6, at 12.16 am, when one Danesh called up 112 Helpline and stated that a lady was standing alone at Ladhowali Chubti Phatak, Jalandhar. The lady was dropped home by a PCR that reached the spot within 14 minutes with a woman ASI on board.