Anti-Romeo squads: Ensure no unnecessary harassment, says UP CM

Lucknow: With visuals on TV suggesting harassment and humiliation of youthful by anti-Romeo squads in some areas, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday requested officers to verify there was no "unnecessary harassment".

The Chief Minister requested the Principal Secretary (Residence) to chalk out clear pointers for anti-Romeo squads and assure there’s no pointless harassment of ladies and boys shifting spherical or sitting at anyplace, an official launch talked about.

Anti-Romeo squads, a poll promise of the BJP that gained a excellent victory throughout the Uttar Pradesh election, drew criticism from certain quarters as visuals of policemen concentrating on youthful women and boys are going viral on TV and in social media.

"The idea is to question, check group of boys or boys alone near colleges and other places, and create fear among potential harassers in public places," talked about a police officer.

Consistent with police sources, the modus operandi of the squads could be the equivalent as that of the infamous 'Operation Majnu' in 2005, by which boys at crossings and markets had been pulled up, and in gardens had been thrashed by police.

It was seen as an attempt at moral policing and extensively criticised.

In Meerut, SP (metropolis) Alok Priyadarshi denied bills of harassment.

"The only job (of the squads) is to ensure safety of women and to ensure that eve-teasing does not takes place. For this we will also take preventive steps like not permitting miscreants to loiter in public areas where women are known to frequent. I will not say it is moral policing," he talked about.

The chief minister, who met an acid assault sufferer in hospital proper right here this morning, requested for environment friendly steps in circumstances of acid assaults.

Adityanath who has termed regulation and order as the very best priority of his authorities moreover requested for day-after-day report from all DMs and SPs in reference to all these elements, the discharge talked about. The chief minister holds the portfolio of Residence division.