Indian police target single women, couples out after dark
MUMBAI (AFP) - An anti-harassment police squad launched in a district near Mumbai is targeting single women and young couples out on the streets after dark, following a brutal gang-rape and murder in India last month.
Since the Dec 16 attack, 10 to 15 plainclothes policemen have been patrolling streets in Thane district, which borders Mumbai. But instead of targeting sex offenders they are fining unmarried couples out late.
"Unmarried couples and single women, who are spotted in isolated places or in corners of parks and gardens late at night, have been told not to frequent such places," local police official Ramakant Mahire said.
"When we catch them, we tell them not to frequent these places or cause nuisance in public places," he told AFP, saying the streets were now kept empty after sunset.