Madhya Pradesh police has come out with a unique initiative to use ‘selfie’ as a weapon to fight against online abuse of women.
A new campaign devised by local police called ‘TI mera bhai hai’ (TI stands for thana incharge) has seen active participation from girls in Hoshangabad district of the state.
The campaign involved school and college girls taking selfies with the local police station in-charge and upload them as display pictures (DP) on their WhatsApp profiles. The status message would be `TI mera bhai hai’ (the TI is my brother).
The campaign has already been a hit with the girls as within a week of starting the campaign, over 500 girls took selfies with the TI.
According to AP Singh, Hoshangabad superintendent of police, the idea of selfie with TI was taken in the backdrop of emerging problem of WhatsApp stalking. He also said that the TI has received an overwhelming response from girls in school and colleges.
Singh said even if a stalker is not deterred by a DP of a selfie with a policewala, then the police will use their traditional methods to solve the problem.
In the last few months, police in Hoshangabad district (80km from Bhopal) had received many complaints of WhatsApp stalking with many receiving obscene pictures and vulgar texts from different numbers. In one case, the stalker had threatened the student with uploading her picture and mobile number on porn web sites.
Like AP Singh, SPs across 51 districts of the state have planned different strategies in their region.