Noida police issues 76 red cards as part of Anti-Romeo drive

Saurabh Kumar

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Greater Noida:  Noida and Greater Noida Police’s Anti-Romeo Squad has issued ‘red cards’ to 76 men in one week for harassing females in public places. Police said that they have also identified 275 such spots in the district which are considered vulnerable, based on feedback police got from 8,600 girls and women.

Earlier last month the district police had announced that it would issue “red cards” to such offenders as a warning before initiating criminal proceedings against them if they are caught indulging in the act again.

The initiative, started by the National Commission for Women (NCW), is aimed at making these squads more effective and preventing public nuisance and lewd remarks that are passed on girls or women by road side Romeo , the officials said.

“During the first week of the initiative, we reached out to girl students at 165 educational institutes in Gautam Buddh Nagar and informed them about safety options like 1090 women helpline, dial 100 services and the Anti-Romeo Squads of police that respond quickly in emergency situations” a police spokesperson said
The Anti-Romeo Squads, deployed by police in Noida and Greater Noida, comprise two women and male constables each in plain clothes.
“Deployment of the Anti-Romeo Squads will be stepped up. Red cards have been issued to 76 boys and men during the first week of the initiative and their personal details like name, address, phone numbers have been registered so as to quickly track them down if they repeat the offence,” the official said.
“We have also taken a picture of them to have psychological pressure on them so that they don’t engage in such acts again,” he said

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