Priyanka Chopra on women safety: Global star Priyanka Chopra lauded the significance of the 1090 Women Power Line during a recent UNICEF field trip to Uttar Pradesh.
Priyanka visited the control room of a 24/7 phone line for women to freely register complaints of any form of atrocities and sexual harassment.
"Tell me something, in a state like Uttar Pradesh (UP)... I have also grown up in Lucknow... there's a fear that exists, especially post 7pm," Priyanka said.
The woman police officer is then seen telling the actor, "I will show you the data," as they walk inside a room to show the functioning of a 'call tracking unit', run by an outsourced department.
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"They are not police... Because we want it should be a neutral person. Police could maybe hide the matter, so we want to bring that neutrality. They (call tracking team) are trained, they are all certified, they work around the clock," said the officer, who was showing Priyanka around.
Police officers also talked about how digitisation has helped them in fighting crime.
"But do you feel that after digitisation, policing has become a bit easier in a state like UP especially, where girls used to be really scared," Priyanka asked.
"The safety and security of women is an urgent need. We hear many stories from across India of violence and harassment against women and girls, everyday. There is a lot of work that needs to be done and that begins with the most basic... protection by law and order / police. I had the opportunity to visit the 1090 Women Power Line (WPL)', Uttar Pradesh's 24/7 phone line for women to freely register complaints of any form of atrocities and sexual harassment. I met Ms. Neera Rawat (IPS, Additional Director General of Women and Child Security Organisation, UP Police) who is at the helm of Women and Child Security Organisation, UP Police in Lucknow under which this initiative is based," she wrote.