Women activists claim closure of anti-Romeo squads

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Uttar Pradesh: A group of women activists today claimed the closure of the anti-Romeo squads in Uttar Pradesh and said that instead of bringing relief to the woman safety, these squads are rather a threat to women’s freedom.

They jointly added that the issue that needs serious strictness is the violence against women every now and then and sexual harassment of women each day in Uttar Pradesh and these issues cannot be solved by setting up ‘anti-Romeo squads’.

While talking to the media, they went on to say: “We demand that the anti-Romeo squads be immediately wound up by the U.P. state, and women’s groups that have been engaged with issues of ending sexual harassment and violence against women for long periods of time be consulted to develop mechanisms to end such violence.”

The group of over 20 women activists who sought disbanding of the anti-Romeo squads included Aruna Roy of the National Federation of Indian Women; Syeda Hameed of the Muslim Women’s Forum; Indira Jaising, a lawyer and human rights activist; Dipa Sinha of the Right to Food Campaign; Vrinda Grover, Advocate, human rights activist; and Arundhati Dhuru of the National Alliance of People’s Movement.

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