Noida police officials will be issuing red cards as warnings to men who harass women in public by following them or passing comments. In an attempt to protect women from harassment, police will also ask for feedback from residents to identify locations with a probability of the offence.
According to a report in The Indian Express, Vineet Jaiswal, SP (Rural), Gautam Budh Nagar said, “The red card is essentially a non-coercive measure which will serve as a warning to those who harass women verbally or non-verbally.”
“The person’s details, including his address and contact number, will be noted in a register for future record. If the person is found committing an offence of this nature again, strict action will be taken. The card is aimed at serving as a deterrent to people who make women feel unsafe.”
Issuance of red card will highlight that making derogatory comments at a woman or following her are offences and can invite jail time.
Noida Police will also distribute feedback forms at schools and colleges from Thursday, June 27, seeking suggestions from women about areas where ‘anti-Romeo squads’ is needed. In the coming week, police will map these areas and deploy teams accordingly.
“There are times when women are walking home from schools, coaching centres or colleges, and men hang around these areas to harass them. The feedback form will help us identify such areas, and we can ensure strict vigil,” Jaiswal said, reported Indian Express
Every team will consist of at least one sub-inspector, two male and two female constables. Police officials will be in both uniforms and plainclothes during patrolling.