Recently,during the school holidays,a group of 45 students divided in groups of 15,each belonging to the 10th,11th and 12th Grade classes ,accompanied by their teachers and
by Ms Pratibha Sharma,a lawyer and member of the Child Welfare Committee,visited the Mahila Thana Police Station of Mathura,which deals specifically with women cases.
Every district in the local state of Uttar Pradesh has one of these Police Stations. The Mathura Branch is run by Station Head Officer Bipin Chowdary and her supporting staff.
Amongst the girls,in particular those who are studying in the 11th and 12th grades there are many who want to become Police Officers once their studies are completed.
Hence they had a lot of questions towards the Station officers regarding how to deal with reports of abuse,violence,rape,etc.. The girls were told about the 3 Helpline numbers to use in the event of any cases of violence,abuse,etc.: Dial 100 to report a case, Dial 1098 for the women helpline and 1090 in the case of child abuse or violence(up to the age of 18),they were shown practical demonstration on how to fill up form and write reports.They were given the history of these kind of Police Station and where they started.
Afterwards they visited the District Legal Service Authority, a type of Court for people who are not able to afford the fees to fight a legal case.
They met with a local advocate who explained to them the type of services they provide and the intricacies of the legal system,and other information.
The girls were very enthusiastic about asking questions and those that chose to become Police officers received some advice and details regarding how to join and apply.