Free Press Journal

UP: Yogi Adityanath’s anti-Romeo squad will now be called ‘Nari Suraksha Bal’


The anti-Romeo squad in Uttar Pradesh is all set for a revamp, and this time they are going to be called as ‘Nari Suraksha Bal’ — women protection force, a minister told Hindustan Times. The anti-Romeo squad was formed in March when Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took charge. The Anti-Romeo squad raids parks, malls and colleges and is said to ‘rescue’ those women, who are getting harassed by ‘Romeos’.

Many cases have been registered and allegation has been made on this squad for deliberate harassing people in public. The opposition even sought central intervention into what they alleged was “violation of the Constitution” in Uttar Pradesh, by allowing anti-Romeo squads to ridicule democracy and the freedom of youngsters.

The Lucknow bench of Allahabad court upheld the decision of the UP government for forming the anti-Romeo squad .The court, however, cautioned against overreacting and said the police must act only as per law and not do anything outside its purview.

The minister didn’t give any reason for the change in the name but some police officers admitted there was a feeling that the anti-Romeo squads that the BJP promised in its election manifesto were attracting negative publicity due to their wrong branding.

There has been a negative impact of the anti-Romeo squad in Uttar Pradesh, spreading fear among couples. It will be good for people if change in name will lead to change in behaviour also.