Two years of SHE teams at work

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It has been two years since the Hyderabad police set up ‘SHE teams’ to tackle crimes against women, and latest statistics show that they might be succeeding.

According to statistics released by the department, crimes against women have dropped by 20% over the last two years, with 1,296 cases registered this year, compared to 1,521 cases of harassment last year.

Launched on October 26 in 2014, each SHE team comprises of five undercover women police personnel, who have been provided with cameras to record acts of harassment in public.

The teams have also been tasked with dealing with online harassment of women and cyber bullying.

“Close to 40% of the people caught were from the 18-20 age bracket, while 25% were from the 20-40 age bracket. Minors constituted 23% of the people caught. We also found people older than 55 harassing women,” Swati Lakra, additional Commissioner of Police (Crimes), Hyderabad and head of the SHE teams, told the media at a news conference.

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