DAINIK NATION BUREAU
Mission Sarvodaya, a Dehradun Police initiative aimed at involving the communities to crack down on cyber crimes, crimes against women, drug menace and others, was launched at police lines in Dehradun on Saturday. Director general (vigilance) Anil Kumar Raturi along with a host of senior police officers was present on the occasion. Besides, thousands of students from schools and colleges were also present.
Speaking of the importance of the initiative, Raturi said that police could hardly do all the things by themselves without cooperation from all the sections of society. “The role of the police is mainly confined to prevention and detection. However, things are turning difficult for the police with the texture of the crime scenario changing rapidly. Cyber crime which is rising alarmingly is a case that can be taken as an instance. It has seen a spurt of 300 percent since the time the act to curb it was passed in 2000. Around 80 per cent youths using social networking sites, things are assuming grim proportions. The situation is such that unless the members of the society come forward to help the police solve such crimes police alone can hardly crack them on their own,” he said.
Speaking of the drug menace eating its way into the youth and through them into the society, the former DGP AB Lal said that it was a collective work to stamp it out root and branch. “See what has happened in neighbouring Punjab. It has spread its tentacles, affecting all the stratum of the society there. Not just the youths but the engineers, doctors and farmers have fallen prey to it. Just imagine that the doctors who treat the patients are themselves victims of drug abuse. The addicts are indulging in thefts to collect money to buy drugs, something that is impacting the law and order. Thus, it is clear that police alone cannot do much unless the society as a whole stands against it,” he said.
He commended Dehradun police for taking the initiative to involve the people in cracking down on crimes which have a direct bearing on the health of the society. “Here too, the drug menace is on the rise, posing a grave threat to the youth,” he said.
Ramindri Mandrawal, the secretary of the state women commission, talked mainly about women empowerment- financial, physical and mental- while stressing on the need to make the women aware of the acts that seek to protect their interest vis-à-vis crimes. “Full- blown awareness campaign should be conducted from time to time to create their awareness of the important acts like domestic violence act and pre–conception and prenatal diagnostic techniques act,” she said.
Dehradun senior superintendent of police Sweety Aggarwal said that all the schools, colleges and self- help groups would be involved in the mission. In the first phase of the mission, names of the representatives of various schools, colleges and self- help groups would be registered while in the second phase, they would be trained by experts, she added. In the third phase, the trained persons would be sent among different societies while in the fourth phase, the exceptional performers would be awarded.
Other speakers talked about the need to create awareness among the people on adherence to the traffic rules to spare the expanding city, carrying spiraling load of vehicles, the accidents and the on- the- road ordeals.