India: Yogi Adityanath’s Anti-Romeo Squad

Ghaziabad: As promised in the BJP manifesto during the assembly elections, the Anti-Romeo Squad came into action across the state to check eve-teasing, stalking, harassment of women.After taking oath, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath fulfilling his promises, the first major step he took as Anti Romeo Squad to protect the honor of women” -took off with a great deal of purposefulness in the state.

Anti-Romeo squads were out in full force on the streets of Meerut on Tuesday, The Times of India reported today. Every police station in Meerut is to have at least one anti-Romeo squads. While Meerut is the first district where anti-Romeo squads have been deployed, orders from Lucknow are for these patrols to be set up in 11 districts to start with.

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On Tuesday in Meerut, ‘anti-Romeo Squad’ were out on the streets in full force, making  it among the initial UP district to manage the teams that will be posted at educational institutions and public spaces, ‘to prevent eye-teasing and ensure safety of females’.

Minister Siddharth Nath Singh said, “The Chief Minister has instructed the DGP and Home Secretary that people should not be harassed by the Anti-Romeo squad and that action should only be taken against eve-teasers.”

Anti-Romeo Force Responsibilities:

A team of 6-7 personnel, including women officers, as part of the squad will move around markets, school and colleges for keeping an eye on ‘Romeo’ who harass women. The team is responsible to looking after the activates of men in areas, specially those where girls gathering is more found. If a man is caught eve-teasing or passing lewd comments, the police will call his parents and give a warning. If the nature of the crime is serious, the person will be booked.

“They have been directed to keep a vigil in plainclothes and in uniform. Suspicious persons are immediately questioned and if need be, even arrested,” said Manish Mishra, circle officer.

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