A brainchild of Pune police commissioner, Rashmi Shukla, an initiative called ‘Police Kaka’ was introduced in the city’s schools and colleges on August 7, to help students reach out to the police whenever they need.
Each school or college now has a Police Kaka, who is a police officer over 40 years of age.
And days after its launch, Police Kaka received its first complaint on Wednesday.
A 14-year-old girl studying in class 9 left for her school in Yerawada on Wednesday morning in a six-seater auto rickshaw. According to The Times of India, the driver forced her to sit on the front seat next to him and started making conversation about her school and teachers, while claiming he was from the same school as hers.
He then tried to touch her inappropriately.
As soon as passengers deboarded the auto rickshaw, the girl decided to sit in the back seat. However, the driver again forced her to sit next to him and touched her inappropriately till she reached her school.
The terrified girl narrated the story to her teacher, who then informed the school principal along with the police control room. This was when the students requested the teacher to call the Police Kaka as well.
Soon after, the Police Kaka of Yerawada police reached the school with other inspectors. An offence under section 354 (outraging modesty) of the Indian Penal Code and the relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act was registered against the suspect, reports TOI.
They’ve been trying to trace the driver, and the case has been transferred to the Airport police for further probe.