The past couple of years have been reeling with extreme hostile behavior towards women. And it’s no surprise when I tell you that these years have also been an elaborate dossier of all the ills that happened to women: rape, molestation, workplace harassment, eve teasing, exploitation, assault, abuse etc. Therefore, in a bid to make women feel more secure in their own country and in what looks like an immediate aftermath of the New Year’s Eve mass molestation in Bangalore and recent incidents of crimes against women in Banasawadi, Kothanur and other areas, the city will get 51 ‘Pink Hoysala’ patrolling vehicles for the safety of women and children.
The 51 pink Hoysalas will have at least one woman police officer in the vehicle. A police source said, Each of these 51 Hoysalas will visit 20 locations and will change their location every hour. So we will cover 1,020 places in 24 hours. We have located a few places in the city where women population is more, especially working women. The selected places are near garment factories, IT hubs, places where more foreigners and people from the north-east reside and areas with many pubs, restaurants, schools and colleges.
Besides, it is not only the pink Hoysalas that will attend to the women in distress. Any Hoysala that is nearby will respond, a police source said. After launching the vehicle, Siddaramaiah said that only providing vehicles does not serve the purpose unless police make best use of them to prevent crimes. Police officials always need to keep an eye on anti-social elements to curb the crime. It is also necessary to adopt new technology to prevent crimes against women and children.