Don’t call women, elderly to police stations, cops told

THE TRIBUNE Gurgaon, November 9




Haryana ADGP-cum-Gurgaon Police Commissioner Surjeet Singh Deswal has directed the police officials not to call any senior citizen or woman to the police station, even if they are accused, witness or complainant in a case. Speaking at the launch of Childline se Dosti” campaign at his office here today, Deswal advised the station house officers (SHOs) to ensure that their subordinates behaved in a courteous manner with the elderly and women. The Police Commissioner maintained that the statement of a woman should be recorded only by a woman police official.

Referring to cases of child abuse, Deswal pointed out that the Gurgaon police had adopted a “zero-tolerance” approach towards cases of child abuse, which meant that no person involved in child abuse would be spared. He appealed to the affected children, their parents and the school authorities to report the cases of child abuse instead of suppressing these.

“Such cases can be reported on police control room numbers 100 and 0124-2316100 or on woman and child helpline number 0124- 2335100. Joint Commissioner of Police Alok Mittal, DCP (west) Maheshwar Dayal, DCP (traffic) Bharti Arora, DCP (crime) Anil Dhawan, DCP (headquarters) Kulwinder Singh, DCP (south) Pala Ram, besides ACPs and SHOs were also present at the inaugural programme, which was organised by two NGOsChildline and Shakti Vahini.

Nishi Kant from Childline said the campaign would continue till November 14. The rescued children kept at “Arushi Home” tied friendship bands on the wrists of the police officers and the Police Commissioner gave them presents.


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