To encourage more women and girls to seek the help of the police in times of distress, four women constables — Nirmala, Tirumala, Nagaratna and Bhargavi — from Andhra Pradesh cycled 1,250 km as part of a 45-day awareness programme.
The women, who are part of the women and juvenile wing of the police called ‘She Team’, began their journey on October 24 and completed it on Wednesday, reports The Hindu. They covered 57 tehsils of Chittoor district in the state. During their tour, they pit stopped at around hundred locations— both urban and rural — to spread awareness about the issue.
They spoke to the women there about how it was vital that they reported any form of abuse that took place against them.
Accompanying the constables were lawyers, women’s groups, teachers, students and police personnel.
According to the publication, their journey wasn’t all that smooth. The women braved through steep and winding ghat roads and forested areas. However, they are proud of having motivated thousands of women to overcome their fear and report any injustice against them.
“During our regular meetings, it had come to our notice that women and girls resort to extreme steps such as suicide even for trivial matters. This campaign was an attempt to combat such tendencies,” SP Rajasekhar Babu told The Hindu.
While we read about incidents of crime against women in the news all the time, what we don’t realise is that the magnitude of the problem is much bigger as most of the crimes never get reported. Hence, such awareness programmes are essential in eradicating injustices faced by women all over the country.