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Chittoor District Police launches ‘Prathi Gadapaki Mahila Police’ app for safety of women

Safety of women is a matter of concern in every part of our country, be it a metropolitan city, a small town or a village. To ensure safety of the female residents of the district, Chittoor Police (Andhra Pradesh) have launched an app. This is the first time such an initiative is being taken by the police in Andhra Pradesh.

Prathi Gadapaki Mahila Police

The app named ‘Prathi Gadapaki Mahila Police’ (A lady police for every door) was launched in Chittoor town on Friday by Anantapuram Range DIG R.N. Ammi Reddy, IPS, Chittoor Collector Shanmohan Sagili, IAS and SP Y. Rishanth Reddy, IPS in the presence of dignitaries. A brochure sharing details about the programme was also released on this occasion.

Door to door survey

As part of this initiative, the police have started conducting a survey by visiting every household in their jurisdiction to identify and address issues if any being faced by the female residents. Concerns faced by women found during the survey, will be updated by the police in the mobile app. The police have also started inquiring about existing anti-social activities in different areas in coordination with the local police with an aim to prevent any untoward incidents.
The ‘Prathi Gadapaki Mahila Police’ app being demonstrated by Chittoor Police during the launch
The programme, in its initial phase, will focus on the wards located under 35 police stations of the district. The information collected from women will be recorded in an app and the identified problems will be brought to the attention of the respective police station officers through a dashboard. Action will be taken by the police on the basis of the collected information.

Other initiatives

Other initiatives taken by the police for the safety and security of citizens include the very popular Disha App. In case of any emergency, a resident has to open the app, shake his/her mobile phone five times or press the SOS button on the app to seek immediate help from the police.
The app has gained popularity among the local residents and there have been cases where the police have nabbed criminals with the help of the app. In September 2021, a 21-year-old was arrested for sexually abusing two minor girls when their grandmother raised an alarm through the app.
There is also a helpline number 1930 where residents can complain about online financial fraud.