Kerala Police launch pink project for female safety

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday officially launched the Kerala Police Pink Protection Project which aims to protect women in public, private and digital spaces.

He reported a horde of dedicated vehicles including 10 cars, 40 motorcycles and 20 bicycles outside the state police headquarters here to kick off the statewide project on Monday.

The move comes amid growing complaints of dowry-related atrocities and other forms of harassment against women and children. Cybercrime also falls under the program, which consists of 10 components, including Pink Patrol, Pink Janamaithri beat, Pink control room, Pink Shadow, Pink Romeo, advisory services and a mobile application dedicated to the protection of women.

Regular patrols

State Police Chief Anil Kant said the main goal of the project was to make women feel safe. Regular patrols will be carried out by the pink patrols which will have wireless communication sets to relay information to the pink control rooms which have been set up in all districts. Road maps will also be prepared for this purpose.

Quick repair

Police officers will receive targeted training to address complaints without delay. The existing counseling service in the women police cells will be strengthened with the help of voluntary organisations.

According to an official in charge of the Pink Janamaithri Beat, through constant liaison with women within the specific confines of police stations, they hope to keep tabs on domestic violence and other issues.

Pink beat and Pink Shadow police teams will continuously monitor public places, including bus stops and educational institutions, to prevent harassment of women and children.

Mara R. Wilmoth