Human trafficking and Women safety
“We need not go far. Crimes against women are happening around us. These stories of crimes may sound surprising, but they are a reality,” he said. IPS Mahesh Bhagwat, Commissioner of Police, Rachakonda, has been leading the fight against human trafficking since 2004. He is a recipient of several international awards and recognition for his gallantry and service. He was feted for his courage and conviction by the US State Department and conferred the 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report Hero award.
“It’s not true that the violence or the crime is conducted by uneducated people or is by the youth only. Many educated people indulge in crime against women and so do older men. Harassment of women begins from before their birth and carries on until their death,” he said and cited several examples of various types of violence against women throughout their life cycle. Under his leadership, the Commissionerate has accomplished several rescue operations of hapless children and women. With the help of other government departments and civil society organisations, he has ensured their placement in rehabilitation programmes.
He spoke of the SHE teams and elaborated on the several initiatives such as SHE shuttle, centrally monitored buses, ReachSafe app etc. taken by his department towards the safety of women. He educated the gathering on the prevailing laws and acts in favour of women and the punishment associated with those acts.
The session was very informative and saw some splendid interaction. While he highlighted several issues such as sexual harassment in the workplace, dowry, forced pregnancy, prostitution etc. he also urged the audience to speak up and report on crime.