Yogi 2.0: Uttar Pradesh resumes the operation of Anti- Romeo squads from today!

Days after Yogi Adityanath formed the government for the second consecutive term, Uttar Pradesh has resumed the operations of the controversial Anti-Romeo squads on Saturday - April 2 on the occasion of the start of the Hindu New Year.  

According to reports, Awanish Awasthi, Additional Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh, has on Saturday announced that from Saturday, such squads will be positioned around schools, colleges, and markets to ensure that no woman faces any adverse incidents. He further said, "Stringent action will be taken against miscreants." 

These squads will be in addition to foot patrolling by all police officers, which will be done daily for an hour every day for hundred days. Anti-Romeo squads were formed in May 2017 and had invited large-scale criticism from the public. These squads had vehemently hounded couples and beaten them in public places. After drawing flak, a trained form of the squad which was meant to be polite and observant was re-introduced. 

The reports say that under the scheme of Mission Shakti, the government had undertaken the task of reaching out to schools and colleges to engage with students on issues of safety. Under the mission, pink patrol scooters and pink cars were also introduced. Pink police check posts were also installed. However, in later days, the scooters and cars weren't seen while the booths had remained closed. 

However, for this time, the state's police force has been given the target of setting its goals for 100 days, six months, one year and five years. The special focus of these targets is the safety of women and a zero-toleration policy against corruption.