Women’s Safety And Empowerment Awareness Through The Cops Of Nagpur
Officer Khapre has come in the limelight making
headlines for her diligent work. She has previously worked in the accident cell
and court cell which entailed surveying accident spots in the city, identifying
blind spots all to reduce the frequency and number of accidents caused on the
roads of the city.
Earlier this month, she also led a successful
rescue operation under zonal deputy police commissioner Akshay Shinde and CP Navi
Chandra Reddy which has also caught wind. The operation was pertaining to the
rescue of 4 minor girls who had fled home and were later reunited with their
parents in less than 5 hours.
Senior Inspector Ashalata Khapre is now making
news as she puts a step forward to take the issue of women’s safety and empowerment
across students. Khapre who is part of the Wathoda police station wants to
spread awareness among the youth particularly between the ages of 13 to 17
years. Creating safe and empowering public places for women is especially
important in this day and age and Senior Inspector Khapre plans to make the
growing youth and others aware of the same.
The awareness seminars or programs will be
held in different parts of the city of Nagpur. So far, Khapre along with
Nandanvan Police Senior Inspector, Mukhtar Sheikh have addressed students from Karmaveer
Dadasaheb Kannamwar Engineering College (KDK college) through the means of
social media. The web-based seminar was attended by a crowd of 120 students at
the college and the two police inspectors voiced their assurance to all the
women and girls in distress or seeking help at the police station.
Looking back at the incident with the rescue
operation involving four young female minors, Khapre pointed out that
considering their young age, youngsters tend to be more vulnerable and are
inclined to make premature and sometimes ill-advised decisions. The result of
which may not always be fruitful or lean in their favor and thus a sound mind
and awareness of your safety is something the youth needs to lend an ear to and
be conscious of.
The young mind is often tempted by social
media that can very well be capable of causing harm. Khapre’s goal and aim
stands steady with wanting to create awareness and talk about the issues that
girls may face in the outside world from which they need be wary.
Amongst the dangers of the outside world,
Khapre discussed about human and sex trafficking rackets. While these threats
belong outside the safety of our homes, Khapre also discussed about the threats
behind closed doors, of married women and children who are often victims of
domestic abuse. And while the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act,
2012 holds and can help to take action against incriminating criminals, one
needs to still be careful of their safety.
The police are also making sure to patrol and
monitor isolated areas in the region to make it safer for the women out there.
Sheikh also encouraged the students to stay strong and positive towards the end.
That is the lesson that the two senior
inspectors gave to the students of KDK College and will continue to raise
awareness throughout other schools, institutions, and colleges in Nagpur.