Thiruvananthapuram: Pink police directed to only advise teens
Thiruvananthapuram: The state police chief had directed IG Manoj Abraham to probe the moral policing incidents involving policewomen at Museum. However, top city police officers have not received any word about the action taken against erring officials. “Every Monday, briefing used to be given to Pink Police patrol not to play moral policing even before the Museum incident. However, often they jump guns. So now it has been strictly warned they need to only advice even if they notice teenager couples hanging around,” said a senior official. The prime duty of pink patrol involves catching eve-teasers at public places and repelling sexual predators who hover around schools. However, they were taken to task when a young couple relayed video of moral policing on Facebook.
“They will mostly play an advisory role now and insist teenagers sober down even if no public display of affection involved. Pink patrol teams are just the first respondent. Once victims give complaints, eve teasers and miscreants are booked at nearest police stations or women’s police station,” the official added. As per city police commissioner Sparjan Kumar, often Pink police receive very less actionable calls. “Of around 100 calls they receive hardly 10 to 15 can be addressed. Like in museum case many might be the person who calls up just to complain of a PDA,” he said.