However, these minors will be released after they are given counselling. But that will depend on what kind of crime they have committed.
On the occasion of the 68th Republic Day of India, Mahila Rakshak teams were formed in Vijayawada. In this one and a half months, these teams have already nabbed 208 eve-teasers from the city. Believe it or not, out of these 36 are minors!
According to a report of the New Indian Express, minors are present in large numbers among the alleged eve-teasers. They were nabbed by the Mahila Rakshak teams, who are a part of the Vijayawada Police department.
The report also suggested that more than 50 percent of those arrested on the charges of eve-teasing and stalking are below 20 years and 20 percent are below 18 years. However, these minors will be released after they are given counselling. But that will depend on what kind of crime they have committed. Their parents will also be called by the Vijayawada Police.
Till the last month, we have only counselled the minors without informing their parents, fearing that they might take any extreme step. But seeing the increasing number, we are planning to call their parents and also counselling them from this month,” South Zone DCP Palaraju was quoted as saying by the New Indian Express.
Shockingly, out of these 208 arrested, 91 are students. As many as 86 daily workers are also present among them.
“Though our main aim is to ensure safety to women, from now on we will take the responsibility of counselling the minors and changing their behaviour. For that, we would campaign in schools and colleges. We want to take a new shift in policing for a better society,” Palaraju added.