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Bahubali reel star Anushka salutes Bharosa real stars

Cops sacrifice keeps us safe in our homes, Bahubali star says

Anushka told the lady police “because your efforts and hard work behind us, we feel so secure and your sacrifices are supreme. I am privileged to be here amongst you.”

HYDERABAD, Jan 28 (The CONNECT) – “We are reel stars and you are the real stars,” said leading actress Anushka Shetty of blockbuster Bahubali fame, addressing a women police conference.

Anushka told the lady police “because your efforts and hard work behind us, we feel so secure and your sacrifices are supreme. I am privileged to be here amongst you.”

Anushka was the guest of honour at 'ShePahi' the first of its kind Annual Conference of women police held in Hyderabad yesterday.

She lauded the efforts of the Cyberabad police during the pandemic, particularly the plasma drive they carried out.  “We can’t imagine a safe and secured life without police,” Anushka said.

About 750 police women and officers attended the daylong conference. The theme of Annual SHE conference was “SHEpahi”, pahi meaning is good work –S- Strength; H-Humanity; E- Empathy -bringing out the attributes that a woman brings to the police force.

In his welcome address, VC Sajjanar, Commissioner of Police, Cyberabad Police, said about 12% of the total police force is women police. They are efficient. Given any responsibility they perform well. As many as 50 per cent of senior police officers in Cyberabad are women. We have women in all the 17 verticals in Cyberabad. We work shoulder to shoulder in tandem, he said. More than a third of Investigating Assistants are women and this has set a trend in India.

DCP Anasuya giving her opening remarks described conference as historic and highlighted the various initiatives taken up for the welfare of women and Children in the Commissionerate.

Two videos were launched at the conference including one on ‘SheTeams’.

Chief Guest Swati Lakra, Additional DGP Women Safety Wing, said there is no gender bias in the police. “We get trained and work together as one team.  Only then can we give good service,” she said.

A unique concept called Bharosa, launched in 2016 to provide integrated support to women and children who have been subjected to severe abuse, be it physical, sexual, financial or emotional, has proved to be very efficient, she said.

Lakra lauded the efforts of Cyberabad Police working on CCTV surveillance on war footing. This project not only helps in prevention, but also in investigation and detection she said.

Speaking about Girls Safety Clubs, an initiative, she said currently 12 colleges have 300 volunteers. We had interaction with 2500 college principals on the same prior to the pandemic. The girl volunteers in these clubs will be our eyes and ears as police can’t be there everywhere.

Pointing out that fifty per cent of the population are women, she said women should constitute half of the police force, too.

Anushka Shetty together with top police officers flagged off three DIAL 100 Immediate Response Vehicles and one SHE Shuttle bus sponsored by Virtusa.

These DIAL 100 Vehicles will have women police officers along with male police officers to respond to women who dial the number 100 for help. In case of domestic violence, they will conduct counselling, warn the respondent or help women file FIR/petty cases in the police station. The teams will work 24x7 round the clock. Already 3 such teams are working in the three zones of Cyberabad and the team delivered good results.

The SHE Shuttle bus is a free bus service for women working in the IT Corridor. Women form over 30 % of the workplace in the IT establishments.