UP’s New chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered the police to start work on “Anti-Romeo squad”.
Anti-Romeo squad is the team of Policemen who may show up at schools, colleges and malls for surprise checks. So now, standing around colleges, shops and other public areas in UP may land young men into trouble.
Yesterday three men were arrested in Lucknow and boys standing outside girls’ schools and colleges were hauled up in Meerut and questioned.
Mr Ahmed, who was told by Yogi Adityanath on Monday to come up with a plan to improve law and order in the state for safer UP said, “The idea is to reclaim public spaces and make them safe for women”.
A senior Police officer Satish Ganesh said, “In a bid to check incidents of harassment and passing of comments on them (women and girls), ‘anti-Romeo dal’ will be constituted at the police station levels and action under Goonda Act will be taken against wrongdoers”.
Anti-Romeo squad was the key promise in BJP’s UP Election campaigns.
It has been also linked to the raucous campaign against “love jihad”, the term used by Yogi Adityanath and other BJP leaders to describe Muslim men marrying Hindu women.
The order issued to police stations also says attempts should be made to check cow slaughter and cattle smuggling – another rallying point for Adityanath and his supporters – and those involved should be punished