Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Jun 11:
Three and a half weeks after it was launched amid great fanfare by the commissionerate police, the ‘Mo Saathi’ app came to the rescue of a girl being harassed by some street Romeos in the Odisha capital on Wednesday.
According to a senior police officer in the commissionerate, the girl was saved from the clutches of some unidentified street loafers after she used the mobile application in time. The miscreants were passing vulgar comments on the girl student while she was walking along the road side in Sailashree Vihar area in the evening.
mobile phone based application that seeks to address the safety concerns of women in distress launched by the Twin City Commissionerate police recently, had helped a girl student of Sailashree Vihar in Odisha Capital at large after she was rescued on Wednesday by police team.
Though no complaints have been registered by the victim at any police station in the city, the timely arrival of police personnel near the girl proved that the Andriod based application could be an effective tool in checking crimes against women.
For once, residents of the area were all praise for the police..
Fearful of being harmed, the girl, who had earlier registered her name to avail the ‘Mo Saathi’ application, used her smart phone to alert the control room of the commissionerate police and three of her family members. In no time, an SMS reached the police control room stating her location and even informing her trouble to their family members, the official said.
Acting on the SMS, Chandrasekhapur police personnel were directed to rescue the girl. The girl was rescued but the miscreants fled the spot after they saw the arrival of police PCR van, he added.
Commissionerate police had launched the mobile application on May 15 enhancing the security of women in distress.
So far, 840 women have registered their names to avail the mobile application service.