In an initiative towards making Bengaluru safer for women, the Bengaluru city police recently introduced ‘Pink Hoysala’. Chief Minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah launched the new initiative that is meant to exclusively address concerns over women and child safety. The city will now be flanked by 51 of these special ‘hoysalas.’
In addition to the already existing 221 regular hoysalas, the city police’s rapid response vehicle, 51 new hoysalas meant exclusively to address women and child safety was unveiled recently.
The special response vehicle will function based on complaints registered through the Suraksha App or intimation to the police control room number. Women police personnel, at least three, will be mandatorily part of the response team to provide quick assistance to women and children in distress.
The 51 vehicles will be stationed at different places frequented by women and children including places like parks where multiple instances of chain snatching have taken place. The vehicles will also patrol during the night to extend a moral support for women of Bengaluru.
The hoysala can be contacted through the Suraksha App which can be downloaded on smartphones. The app requires a citizen to provide their name and contact numbers of two persons who can be reached in case of any eventuality. The application is available on both Android and iOS platforms.
All that a citizen in distress has to do is press the app’s button five times and intimation along with location will be sent to the nearest response team. The location of the person in distress can be found through a live vehicle tracking system. The staff at the command centre would also communicate the message to the nearest police station to extend help to the pink hoysala staff if needed, according to the city police.