Bengaluru Police's 'Pink Hoysala' for women safety
In their initiative towards making Bengaluru safer for women, the Bengaluru city police introduced 'Pink Hoysala' on Monday. Chief Minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah launched the new initiative that is meant to exclusively address concerns over women and child safety. The city will now be flanked by 51 of these special hoysalas.
Police response vehicles' pink avatar
In addition to the already existing 221 regular hoysalas, the city police's rapid response vehicle, 51 new hoysalas meant exclusively to address women and child safety was launched in Bengaluru on Monday.
Initiative to address women and child safety
The special response vehicle will function based on complaints registered through the Suraksha App or intimation to the police control room number. Women police personnel, at least three, will be mandatorily part of the response team to provide quick assistance to women and children in distress.
Police force gets 'Pinked'
The 51 vehicles will be stationed at different places frequented by women and children including places like parks where multiple instances of chain snatching have taken place. The vehicles will also patrol during the night to extend a moral support for women of Bengaluru.
Moral support for Bengaluru women
The hoysala can be contacted through Suraksha App which can be downloaded on smartphones. The app requires a citizen to provide their name and contact numbers of two persons who can be reached in case of any eventuality. The application is available on both Android and iOS platforms.
Suraksha app to the rescue
All that a citizen in distress has to do is press the app's button five times and an intimation along with location will be sent to the nearest response team. The Suraksha app will send out signals to the command centre which will dispatch police teams for help.
51 Pink hoysalas to help women in distress
The location of the person in distress can be found through a live vehicle tracking system. The staff at the command centre would also communicate the message to the nearest police station to extend help to the pink hoysala staff if needed, according to the city police.
Bengaluru police's women-friendly initiative
Due to staff crunch, women police will be part of the Pink Hoysala team only during the day. Given the recent allegations of mass molestations, harassment of women in the city, the pink Hoysala initiative comes as a confidence booster for the city's women and is contributing to the 'women-friendly' image for the city police.