Reports of violence against women in Delhi have almost doubled since 2012. Delhi’s police force have now created a motorcycle squad, consisting of mostly females, which is set to take to the Indian capital’s streets - on motorbikes.
The patrol, called ‘Raftaar’, or ‘Speed’ is a squad of 600 specially trained female officers, who will be patrolling the city. They will be equipped with guns, pepper spray and body cameras. There will also be specifically designed helmets with ear-pieces.
"Basically it is a robust street criminal containment strategy," Delhi police spokesman Dependra Pathak told the Hindustan Times.
They want to focus on improving safety for women. There is strong public awareness of violence against women in Delhi, particularly sex attacks, and women don’t feel safe. This course of action is hoped to discourage offenders, as well as reassure women.
Putting together this squad has been difficult, as there was a significant lack of women in the force with driving licences. However, the squad does now consist of 60% females, who are ready to tackle street crime. Their fight for women’s safety starts in December.