To fight crimes against women and to quickly respond to emergency calls, Gurgaon police has decided to provide 50 scooters to women police personnel.
Considering the traffic in Gurgaon, the two-wheelers will be used for patrolling as well as reaching quickly to those who call the women police station for help.
On March 18, the scooters will be given to women police officers. To mark the occasion, an-all women bike rally will be organised by Gurgaon police, where 50 women bikers from the city will ride along with the female police officers.
The rally will have different kinds of two-wheelers, such as bikes and scooters, and would be flagged off at 3 pm from Crowne Plaza, Sector 29. It will head towards Huda City Centre, Golf Course Road, MG Road, Hotel Westin and finish at Crowne Plaza. It would cover approximately 20 km and go through areas of old and new Gurgaon to spread the message of road safety and that women riders would now be patrolling the streets too under the project Sakhi.
PHOTO: Anjoo Dalal
Sakhi is a CSR (corporate social responsibility) project by Hero Motocorp. The company is providing the scooters to Gurgaon police, and the scooters will be equipped with sirens, traffic lights and a Public Address (PA) system.
Alka Dalal, member of Malibu Towne RWA, said, “Most women are working professionals these days. While returning from work, we face so many issues that we ignore and don’t report. We rarely see any PCR vans around. With this initiative, I hope our fears will be reduced to some extent. Being women, we feel more comfortable speaking to women police personnel. This is a really good initiative and would also make the women police personnel more independent.”
Kailesh Devi, inspector at the women police station, said, “When the scooters are handed over to us, we will be able move independently and carry out patrolling in our areas. As of now, we depend on the PCR vans or wait for our colleagues to visit places. I am very happy and this will definitely increase our efficiency too.”
“We believe that strong and powerful women are the backbone of any society. With this initiative, we want to raise awareness about road safety among women riders. We hope that such drives will help raise awareness in the society about the use of helmets and people would avoid using mobile phones during riding,” said Sandeep Khirwar, Gurgaon police commissioner.