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After UP, now Madhya Pradesh to crack down on 'Romeos'

Police should keep vigil near places like girls hostels to ensure that they (women and girls) do not face any difficulty, said Chouhan. (Image credit: Wikimedia Commons) Photograph: (Others)

PTI Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India Apr 01, 2017, 03.23 AM (IST)

Coming close on the heels of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath's order of constituting anti-Romeo squads by the police department to check incidents of harassment of women, the Madhya Pradesh government led by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has indicated the launch of a similar campaign.

The move will ensure the safety and security of women and check activities of 'Majnoos' (Romeos), PTI reported.

"We will reform Majnoo-type of persons. They don't know how to respect... They are not good for the civilised society... A campaign will be launched against Majnoos," Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said addressing 89th Passing Out Parade at MP Police Academy here.

The chief minister said that the police should keep a close vigil in places like girls hostel to ensure that women don't face any difficulty.

"Police should create such an atmosphere so that women are able to move around independently without any fear. It should take stern measures against criminal elements," he added.

On the role of women in police, the chief minister outlined that they are no less than men in terms of courage and valour and therefore one-third of the posts are reserved for them.

The Uttar Pradesh government formed the anti-romeo squads of police to ensure safety of women. 

The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court also backed the move by declining to interfere in the state's action to form such a squad. The court also highlighted that such a step doesn't constitute moral policing.

(WION with inputs from PTI)

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