PINK PROTECTION PROJECT

   (Protection of women in Public, Private & Digital Space)

 

        In recent times, there has been a perceived increase in crimes against women, particularly with regards to dowry harassments/marital problems, online abuse, stalking, molestation, rape etc. The COVID lockdowns have also given more opportunities for such harassments to increase and so there is urgent need to devise a comprehensive project to deal with the emerging problems and also to revitalise our existing women friendly schemes. In this regard a special project titled “Pink Protection Project’’ (Protection of women in public, private& digital space) is launched with the following ingredients.

1.    Pink Patrol

Pink Patrol has been specifically introduced to address issues specifically related to safety, security of Women & Children in Public Space, and it is proposed to strengthen the system further is the work of the present issues.

The Pink Patrol with cars (Etios & Swift) equipped with GPS tracking devices, camera installed on the front and rear sides of the vehicles sending continuous visuals to the Police control room and vehicles are operated by women police officers. Each car has three (1+3) Women Police Officer/ personnel. The patrol cars are deployed in areas that have high presence of women and functions between 8 am to 8 pm. In each district, the Pink Control Room has a command & control centre with trained police personnel, which is now fully synchronized with ERSS number “112”. Whenever control room receives a call from 1515, it flashes the same on the concerned MDT in the pink patrol vehicle. On receiving such calls, the pink patrol vehicle moves to the victim’s location for providing assistance.  We propose to increase the number of Pink Patrols to five numbers in each police districts, to effectively address the issues related to women.  This will ensure better presence in public areas and faster response to calls in districts.

 2.    Pink Janamaithry Beats:

The present issues of dowry harassment, dowry deaths, marital discords are problems limited to “inside the households” and so the Police action to prevent these crimes are highly limited.  These cases can only be handled when complaints are received formally.  To collect information/intelligence on such crimes, it is planned to start a dedicated “Pink Beat team” consisting of 1 WCPO / 1 CPO who will be entrusted for patrolling, in the certain prescribed areas and they will be entrusted with data collection on women harassment incidents inside homes. Pink Janamaithry Beats while visiting the houses will question the neighbors, Panchayat members, local volunteers and they will collect information on such unreported marital discords/harassments and report the same to the SHO for remedial action.  They will also keep a tab on newly wedded couples and families to ensure that dowry harassments and related issues do not flame up.

3.    ‘Pink Control Room’

‘Pink Control Room’ with ‘Pink Beats’ was set up as a solution for handling of emergency calls and signals from women & children in distress. The Pink Beat included specially trained women police personnel.  Who were entrusted the task of preventing crimes against women like molestation, eve teasing in areas of public thoroughfare. These police personnel patrol the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and private state carriers and at bus stops, schools, colleges and other public places to prevent and detect such offences.  At present, Pink Control Rooms are there in 14 police districts (Thiruvananthapuram City, Thiruvananthapuram Rural, Kollam City, Pathanamthitta, Allepey, Kottayam, Kochi City, Ernakulam Rural, Thrissur City, Palakkad, Malapuram, Kozhikode City, Kannur & Kasargod). Pink Beats will now be activated in all such public places by the SHO’s concerned.

4.    Pink Shadow

Pink shadow patrolling team will be introduced in Police Districts operating from Women Police Station, in the areas that have high presence of women. These personnel in mufty, will monitor the insides of the crowded public buses for misuse and hassle, but also look out for anti-social activities at bus stops, schools and other vulnerable areas.  They will act as decoys to catch habitual eve teases and molesters.

5.    Pink Romeo

This is the Bike Patrolling team introduced in certain Police Districts in the areas that have high presence of women and operating from Women Police Station and entrusted with Quarantine checking & Beat Patrol.  This will be introduced in all the Police districts, both as a security measure and for Covid protocol implementation.

 6.    Pink Digital Drive

To address the issues related to online harassment of women on the digital platform/phone and the social media, all the cyber cells/cyberdomes and cyber police stations will conduct a special digital patrolling drive to take down all such websites/groups/pages responsible for digital harassment of women.  Stringent cases will be registered against offenders indulging in stalking and harassment of women in public space.  Take profile in social media will be targeted and identified and strict action under IT Act will be taken against such offenders.

7.    Vanitha Cells & Counseling Centres.

Vanitha Cells are functioning in all Police districts where petition on harassment against women, family dispute are handled on a large scale.  DPC’s will ensure that the counseling centres are activated in all Vanitha cells, with the assistance of counselors from the Social Welfare Department or from reputed NGO’s, so that such petitions are handled effectively.  The Counseling centres should be the first line dispute redressal forum for all family related cases.

 8.     Immediate Response.

All projects for protection of women will fail, if there is no immediate and quick response to complaints received from them.  In this regard all SHO’s, Vanitha Cells, Cyber Cells, Police Station etc. should be energized and activated to ensure a positive bias to complaints received from women.  DPC’s should organize special Classes / Awareness sessions to ensure that the officers are motivated to deal with all such complaints effectively & quickly.

 9.     Digital App / POL-App.

  Kerala Police has already launched an App “NIRBHAYAM” Exclusively for women for women in distress, with an emergency button – the same feature is already available in the Integrated App of Kerala Police, POL-App.  The women can be encouraged to download these apps and use the same in “emergency” situations.

CYBERDOME

Cyber dome    

    Cyber dome is conceived as a centre for excellence for Kerala Police in cyber security. It is a public private partnership initiative which pools the resources of various stakeholders to augment the capacity to address the ever growing challenges to cyber security. It is envisaged to meet the long term security challenges in the digital arena of the modern world, by bridging the gap between the latest changes and innovations in the cyber space and the skill set of Kerala Police, in combating the emerging cyber threats. It is envisaged as a collaboration Centre for both public and private stakeholders to converge and share information, as well as resources, that will enhance the safety of our cyber space.

    The Cyberdome envisages an online office of Technical experts/Ethical Hackers/Cyber professionals, who can assist the police in the area of Cyber Security and Cyber Crime Investigation. It is an esteemed group of Cyber Security Experts/ Ethical Hackers/Cyber Professionals who are proud to be referred as Cyberdome Volunteers. Kerala Police recently conducted the event KID GLOVE 2019 signifying and highlighting the ways and means to protect children from cyber crimes. An annual international cyber security and policing conference in the name of c0c0n conference is held every year. Over the last decade, it has grown in popularity and has acquired the status of a pilgrimage for cyber security experts not only from all over the country but from the world over.

IAPS -Internal Administrative Processing System

IAPS -Internal Administrative Processing System

    iAPS is a web based application to be used in the Administrative Offices and Subordinate Offices of Police Department. The intention of the project is to make the activities in the Department more transparent both with the public and with the Police Personnel itself. The software is developed by Kerala State IT Mission through KELTRON. The Project has been sanctioned under State Plan Projects for the year 2010-2011 as per GO(Rt) No. 2178/2010/Home dtd 30/06/2010. The project has been implemented throughout the department through State Crime Record Bureau, Thiruvananthapuram.

Nodal Officer

Sri. Manoj Abraham IPS,

Addl.Director General of Police,

State Crime Records Bureau

Janamaithri Suraksha Project

Janamaithri Suraksha Project

    Janamaithri Suraksha Project of Kerala Police is a path breaking project which aims to effectively bridge the gap between police and public through participation of citizens in matters of crime prevention, intelligence sharing and prioritizing policing areas at the level of police beats. Designated, well trained male and female beat officers directly interact with each and every family and citizen in their beat and develop familiarity with the happenings in the locality.

Kerala State Police

    Experience shows that by seeking the active co-operation of the public in performance of police duties, the process of Law Enforcement becomes far more effective. The term Community Police does not refer to either a new police group or a local community group that undertakes policing work themselves. On the other hand, it envisages a method of policing by members of the police organization quite distinct from the traditional style that seeks the cooperation of the community, understands the needs of the community, gives priority to the security of the community, and, taking into account the resources available within the community, attempts to streamline the activities of police personnel at local police stations to address the special problems of each community. Government of Kerala launched Janamaithri Suraksha Project in 20 selected Police Stations in March, 2008.

    As on today Janamaithri Suraksha Project is implemented in all 481 Police stations in Kerala. It was introduced in a phased manner to cover over half the police stations by 2012 and the remaining by 2018. The project has made tremendous impact on Kerala Society. Further a number of initiatives such as establishment of Coastal Vigilance Committees, Road Safety Programmes, etc. are being implemented in the State. These programmes also are based on the philosophy, principles and practices of Community Policing. Since Community Policing involves a philosophy of policing which is distinct from the traditional approach to policing, it is of crucial importance that appropriate training inputs are given for developing the right attitude, imparting the relevant knowledge and skills among the cutting edge level police officials.

Aparajitha

Aparajitha is Online

"Aparajitha is Online" is a quick response mechanism for grievance redressalof online based harassment of women and girls"

Most of such online harassment are not reported to the Police because of the societal pressure for not reporting, or because the offender may be a close friend or a relative for various blackmailing tactics adopted by the offender: and most importantly the women feel not confident or feel insecure in going to Police to handle such problems. In the past, though, we have taken some steps in this regard, due to delay in handling such matters, due to various technical issues, etc. Our efforts did not give desired results. Needless to mention, in such instance, a sensitive and technically robust, quick response mechanism is to be put in place by the Police.

SP, Women Cell will be incharge for grievance redressal at the State Level and at the police station level specilly to deal with complaints of online harassment of women.

Utmost confidentiality of victim's and her family will be ensured. Reporting of a complaint should not lead to shaming of the victims or further harassment by the offender. Tact, cyber savvyness and empathy are the most important per-requisities for this work

SP women Cell will maintain the data of all trained cyber savvy WCPO/WSCPOs. Complaints should be received into an exclusive email to be created and managed by SP Women Cell and should be forwarded to a Police Station in the specific emails created for this purpose. These emails shall be operated only by the concerned WCPO/WSCPOs in the police station also. Their main objective is to enquire and identify and locate the offenders. For this they will/can take the help of police station level Cyber cell, District Cyber Cell, HI-Tech Cell, Cyber Dome etc.. After identifying such offender the complainant may be informed and with his/her complaint legal action to be taken (As many a times close friends and relatives are the culprits and prosecution becomes unsuccessful). Thus legal steps (if needed to be taken against the offenders) may be initiated by the concerned SHO under intimation to the concerned District Police Chief and the SP Women Cell.

 

Complaints to be forwarded to the Email : aparajitha.pol@kerala.gov.in

Pink Police Patrol

Kerala police introduced ‘Pink Beat’ patrols for enhancing the safety for women and children in public places. The Pink Beat includes specially trained women police personnel. These police personnel will patrol on KSRTC and private stage carriers and will be present at bus stops, schools, colleges and other public places.

The Pink Patrol cars have been equipped with GPS tracking devices as well as cameras installed on the front and rear sides of the vehicles. The camera sends continuous visuals to the control room. These patrol vehicle will be led by a women police officer and will have two other women police personnel. The patrol will be deployed in areas that have high presence of women and will function from 8 am to 8 pm.

These personnel not just monitor the insides of the crowded public buses for misuse and hassle, but also look out for anti-social activities at bus stops, schools and other vulnerable areas.

Subhayathra

The ever increasing accidents on the road in Kerala with nearly 4000 deaths and around 35,000 injured every year, has become a major cause of concern and there is urgent need to make a comprehensive programme of Traffic Safety and Enforcement. Hence Government of Kerala and Kerala Police have decided to launch the Subhayatra2015 Project, which aims at tackling all the Three E's of Traffic, namely Enforcement, Engineering and Education. The project provides for tackling traffic through a multi-faceted, coordinated effort of all sections of the society to make the roads in Kerala, a more safer place to drive.

  • Traffic Helpline Number: 1099
  • Bank Payment of Traffic Fines: As per Go (Ms.) No. 214/2011/Home dated 10.10.2011, government have accorded sanction to implement the scheme for the payment of compounding fee for traffic offenses through State Bank of Travancore. This system is now commissioned in Trivandrum as an experiment.
  • E-ChallanSystem: The system of Digital Challan Generation for traffic checking has been initiated and commissioned.

cOcOn - International Cyber Security Conference

c0c0n, previously known as Cyber Safe, is an annual event conducted as part of the International Information Security Day c0c0n annual conferences started in 2008, as an initiative of Kerala Police in collaboration with Information Security Research Organization (ISRA). The themes of c0c0n keep changing every year. Some of the major themes in the previous years covered areas like - tackling cyber terror, ethical hacking, free tools for cyber investigation, etc.

C0c0n 2019 was held on 27th and 28th of September, 2019. The major themes included areas like – Artificial intelligence, Security compliance, Passwordless economy, Embedded systems, Securing payment data, Routing protocols for enhanced anonymity, Tackling fake news, Threat hunting, Statistical correlations in tracking adversaries, Third party risk management, Cloud security, Block chain technology, etc.

Kid Glove 2019:

Kid Glove is an initiative by Kerala Police along with ISRA (Information Security Research Association) to create awareness among teachers, parents and children. Kid Glove was launched in 2015 as part of c0c0n - International Information Security & Hacking Conference held annually. It focuses on online child protection workshops for parents, teachers and organizations to orient them towards the various cyber threats to children. Kid Glove can help an organization in

  • Defining a cybersecurity strategy
  • Developing curriculum on cyber security for students
  • Providing trainings for Teachers/Parents
  • Conducting events for raising awareness among students/teachers/parents Advisory & Consulting on cybersecurity & online safety

Student Police Cadet

The Student Police Cadet (SPC) Project is a school-based initiative by Kerala Police, implemented jointly by the Departments of Home and Education, and supported by Departments of Transport, Forest, Excise and Local Self-Government. The project trains high school students to evolve as future leaders of a democratic society by inculcating in them respect for the law, discipline, civic sense, empathy for vulnerable sections of society and resistance to social evils. The project also enables youth to explore and develop their innate capabilities, thereby empowering them to resist the growth of negative tendencies such as social intolerance, substance abuse, deviant behavior, and anti-establishment violence. Equally, it strengthens within them commitment towards their family, the community, and the environment.

The Project was launched on August 2, 2010 in 127 high schools/higher secondary schools across Kerala, with 11,176 students, both boys and girls, enrolled as Cadets and 254 teachers trained as school-level Community Police Officers (CPOs). The project was gradually expanded to more and more schools due to immense popularity and ready acceptance by schools, teachers, students, parents, civil society, alike. As on today i.e., by October 2019, as many as 702 schools located in 19 police districts of Kerala with a combined strength of 60,000 cadets and 1404 CPOs have implemented the project.

Union Home Minister has announced on 21st July, 2018, that the SPC project developed by the Kerala Police has been selected for implementing in all the States and Union Territories of India. His announcement came during the inauguration of SPC project in Haryana.

Objectives

1.To mould a generation of youth who willingly respect and abide by Law, and who practice civic sense, democratic behavior and selfless service to society as the natural way of life.

2.To facilitate development of good health, physical and mental fitness, self-control and discipline in youth, thereby enhancing their capacity for hard work and personal achievement.

3.To enable youth to work with police and other enforcement authorities including Forest, Transport, and Excise in preventing crime, maintaining law and order, promoting road safety, and improving internal security and disaster management.

4.To develop social commitment in youth and empower them against deviant behavior in themselves and others, thereby preventing growth of social evils such as drug and alcohol abuse, intolerance, vandalism, separatism, and terrorism in society.

5.To enable youth to explore and develop their inner potential in achieving success, by inculcating in them leadership, teamwork skills, innovative thinking and problem solving ability.

6.To increase knowledge and understanding of effective use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) among youth, preventing its negative influence and enabling them to benefit from the vast potential of ICT.

7.To motivate youth to develop secular outlook, respect for other's fundamental rights and willingness to carry out their fundamental duties as enshrined in the Constitution of India by developing in them qualities of Patriotism, Open-mindedness, Large-heartedness, Inclusiveness, Capability and Effectiveness (POLICE).

Unique Features of SPC Project
  • • An association between the educational and security frameworks of a state, that trains and encourages youth to develop respect for law and abiding by law as a way of life.
  • Uses existing network, infrastructure and leadership qualities of Police to supplement the physical, mental and educational development of youth.
  • Empowers school communities to create safe school environments and confident youth willing to react against social evils.
  • Stimulates parents and community leaders to work with police in creating safer communities.

Clean Campus Safe Campus

The Kerala Government has launched a widespread campaign aimed at arresting the rising prevalence of substance abuse and other inappropriate social behavior among students named 'Clean Campus, Safe Campus', the Home, Education & Health Departments have come together to give shape and implement this long-term campaign that will target students up to standard 12 in the first phase.

Kerala government decided to launch this awareness campaign taking a serious note of large-scale sale of narcotic products in the vicinity of schools and colleges to rid campuses of the menace of drugs, alcohol and tobacco products. As a part of the project, special operation groups have been constituted. During raids, apart from ganja, several ampoules and illegal drugs were also seized.

The main objective of the programme was to wean the students away from the use of these products. About 4.5 million students of 12,000 schools are part of the programme.

The top Malayalam star Mammootty is the brand ambassador for the programme.

For the effective implementation of the Project, Government constituted a three tier committee as follows

  • School Level Monitoring Committee
  • District Level Monitoring Committee
  • State Level Monitoring Committee
Activities to be carried out by the School Level Monitoring Committee clean-campus-safe-campus-banner.jpg
  • Keeping a watchful eye to detect truancy among the students.
  • Creating a database of small shops and establishments frequented by students.
  • Organising programs and activities to effectively utilize free time of students.
  • To conduct counseling session for the children in need of professional help.
  • Initiating action with the police and school authorities to prevent such illegal acts.
  • To declare and ensure that School surroundings are Traffic Safely Zones.
  • Monitoring and reporting anti-social activities in the vicinity of schools like sale and use of tobacco products, alcohol, drugs, pornographic materials, etc and eve-teasing.
  • To act as a catalyst in channelizing and co-ordinating various agencies and organizations working for welfare and development of children.
  • Conducting awareness classes for students, teachers and parents about the adverse effects of substance abuse and the physical, psychological social problems it creates.
  • Conducting campaigns related with environmental protection, road safety, cyber crimes, etc.
  • Installing a tracking system to ensure student safety and proper behavior during their commuting to and from home and school.
  • Insisting on police patrol during school hours and police presence at the school gates at the time of convening and during breaks.
  • Random checking of belongings of the students with the help and permission of parents/guardians.
  • Collecting information about availability and sale of illegal material in Internet Cafes and CD shops near the schools.
  • Encourage the child to report all allegations or disclosures of physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and neglect.
  • To report to the concerned authorities when a believed by the committee that a child has been harmed or is at risk of being harmed.
  • Provide a caring, safe, nurturing environment in school for their overall development of students.

School Level Monitoring Committees should be periodically reviewed by District Level Committees. This District Level Monitoring Committee is responsible for reviewing the implementation of "Clean Campus Safe Campus" campaign. The District Level Monitoring Committee can set the law in motion against the violators and conduct surprise inspections to see if the campaign is being implemented in schools and the slated objectives met. This committee should meet at least once in three months.

State Level Monitoring Committee ensure the District Level Monitoring Committees are functioning effectively by calling for periodic reports. This committee will meet at least once in six months. The Hon'ble Minister of Home, Education and Health Departments will also review the functioning of the campaign periodically.

Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS)

CCTNS is a Mission Mode Project (MMP) under the National e-Governance Plan of Govt. of India. CCTNS aims at creating a comprehensive and integrated system for enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of policing. It will not only automate Police functions at Police station and higher levels but will also create facilities and mechanism to provide public services like registration of online complaints, ascertaining the status of case registered at the police station, verification of persons etc.