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To encourage students to speak up and to check Bangalore like crime Navi Mumbai police installs complaint boxes
At present the entire nation is swayed with the shocking incident of a 6 year old girl student being raped in a posh school in the cyber city Bangalore by none other than her skating teacher, which resulted into a major outcry throughout the nation.
Surely the incident has shaken up the cops of the satellite city Navi Mumbai as well. Evidently they have become extra alert in a bid to prevent any such incident in future inside educational premises.

The cops have decided to install complaint boxes inside the school and college premises so that the students can tell the police directly if anything wrong is taking place with them inside schools.

Senior inspector Ram Kothare has held up meetings with principals of schools in Vashi and instructed all schools and colleges in its jurisdiction to install a drop complaint box within their campus with immediate effect so that the students who hesitate to approach cops or teachers can speak up.

In fact parents and teachers can also drop letters outlining their problems. The keys of boxes will remain with the police who will visit the campuses every fortnight and appropriate actions would be taken up by the cops against each complaint.

Definitely it is an out-of-box- idea and the effort should be appreciated as at least it gives an assurance to me as a mother that the cops still have their sense of responsibility retained.

A drop box in school campuses will surely generate a fear psychosis among the sexually harassing predators which may result in restraining them from hunting new preys and keeping their beast inside under control. Also the existing culprits who might have been hounding some victims for some days can be detected immediately. Moreover it will give a sense of safety and security to students, parents and teachers.

However, I have few more expectations from the police officials.

First, the initiative has been taken up in Vashi only. I feel it should be taken up for all the schools in Navi Mumbai as soon as possible. Also the private institutes like coaching classes and tuition classes should also be instructed to install drop boxes given to the fact that a large number of students are also going to these institutes and their safety matters as predators are no way restricted in these areas.

Secondly, I feel the entire idea should be accessible to citizens through RTI. Because in many cases where an important authority of school or college is involved even the cops have a reputation of not delivering their duty. In some cases like the above one of Banglore, even the school authorities have been found unwilling to bring such cases into light for the sake of reputation of school/colleges.

Thirdly, cops should come up with social networking Ids like Facebook and twitter handles or hashtags to tip of such cases. Students and parents should be asked to inform immediately. It will be a better idea for today's hi-tech and techno savvy kids and parents.

Last but not the least, the future success of such initiatives depend entirely upon the "delivery of accountability" on part of cops to deal with grievances because that will decide the efficiency and impartibility of such ideas.

People are indeed hesitant to inform such cases to police courtesy the infamous apathy of cops in many cases that make predators fearless.

Drop box idea is surely a first of its kind which has a great potential to narrow the gap between "the victim and the cops" which will enable police to have a better grip on culprits. It will help the police to keep tabs with the crime and criminals. And regular monitoring will surely help curbing the sexually harassments crimes in educational campuses to a great extent.

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