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News : Police’s WhatsApp Helpline a Boon for Women in Distress
Jaipur, India, Oct 5, 2016 -- Jaipur police's WhatsApp helpline came as a big boon for girls who have been sharing the details of their stalkers and people who have harassing them by sending obscene pictures and text messages.
According to Vikas Pathak (DCP, crime), WhatsApp number 7300363636 has received several complaints from women in distress. "A few days ago, one school boy sent us a complaint that somebody is sending vulgar texts on her mother's phone. But her mother was unwilling to go to the police station. We informed the department concerned and traced the number of miscreants," he added.
In another incident, a woman sent the pictures of some boys who had been following her from her office. The police issued directions to the particular police station house officer to take action against the offenders. "The helpline number is frequently used by people who don't want to reveal their identity to police. The App allows them to register their problems without having to visit the police station. The response to the helpline number has been overwhelming," Pathak added.
But for last few weeks, the helpline is flooded with people sending pictures of themselves stranded in traffic snarls. "These 'traffic selfies' help us to know where are traffic jams in the city. We then inform the traffic police officials about the traffic congestion and ask them to send a police team to ease out the traffic," a police official added.
Since April this year, the police have received 343 complaints so far, out of which 49 are pending. The police said that residents of city's localities are sending the police details and pictures of drunkards who create ruckus in residential colonies.
"We have caught several suspects who create ruckus and disrupt law and order situation. This was possible only because the citizens came out and shared their problems with us," Pathak added.
The police is now mulling over making a list of such areas where suspects are found indulging in illegal activities like betting, drinking in open and consuming drugs.
"The movement of PCRs will be intensified in the particular areas from where we have received maximum complaints," Pathak said.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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