BHAYANDAR: In an attempt to curb the growing menace of eve- teasing, sleuths of the Thane (Rural) police have come with a novel idea of providing `complaint boxes” at educational institutions.

The girls can drop their complaints in the box providing details like spots, name, address and timings, so that the police can take necessary action. However, the complainant has the option of concealing her identity, the police said. While identity of those who provide vital information to the police about criminal activities through complaint boxes would not be revealed, officials will file suo-motu FIRs if the complaints are serious.

The first phase of the project will see installation of drop boxes at colleges between Mira Road and Virar, following which this facility will be introduced at schools and coaching classes across the district. Such boxes have already been installed in a couple of colleges in Mira Road. Apart from this, cops would also be moving around trouble-prone spots to tighten the noose around the eve-teasers.

“It has been generally noticed that victims of eve-teasing are reluctant to come forward due to various reasons including social stigma but such exercise would surely be able to curb the incidents.” said Additional SP, S Nishandaar, adding that boxes will be checked every day and action will be initiated with immediate effect. Locals believe that the step would not only help in curbing the incidents of eve-teasing, but will also act as a source to know about anti-social elements disturbing the atmosphere.

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