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Women's desk in all police stations from today

By Our Staff Reporter

PONDICHERRY, SEPT. 16. All 19 police stations in Pondicherrry would have women's desk to record complaints from women, Senior Superintendent of Police (Law and Order), Sunil Garg said today.

Addressing a press conference here, he said a woman constable would operate the cells. Wherever feasible a woman head constable would also be posted to head the women's desk.

Pondicherry had an all-woman police station in the town, where women had to register complaints till now.

There is a proposal to open all-woman police stations at Villianoor in Pondicherry and in Karaikal.

The women's desk would start functioning from tomorrow. He said that women could now make complaints in the local police stations without having to come to town.

Mr. Garg said that the Pondicherry State Social Welfare Board would install a Helpline in the all-woman police station shortly.

He said plainclothes police would travel in buses to check eve-teasing. Mr. Garg said that it had come to the police's notice that school dropouts were getting involved in crime, following which steps had been taken to arrest juvenile offenders. There was now a perceptible drop in the number of juvenile offenders, he said.

Special drive

The police yesterday launched a special drive to crack down on eve-teasing and begging in public places. The one-day drive resulted in the arrest of 38 beggars and nine persons indulging in eve-teasing on the Beach Road, the eastern side of Grand Canal and near the Rajiv Gandhi Municipal bus terminal.

A team of police led by the Superintendent-in-charge (North), Firoze Zia Hussain, made the arrests.

Of the 38 beggars, six were remanded to a `Home for Beggars' while the others were let off after being fined, a police press release said. The police also booked petty cases under the Motor Vehicles Act.

Cash recovered

Police arrested an attendant of a private medical college in Pillayarkuppam in Bahoor near here today and seized cash totalling Rs 84,490 that he had allegedly stolen from the Accounts section of the college a couple of days ago.

Mr. Garg said investigators lifted a fingerprint from the almirah, which matched that of Kathavarayan of Cuddalore. The accused was arrested today and under questioning he confessed to the theft, he said.

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