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Swathi Lakra

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Nationality  India
Occupation  Civil servant
Known for  SHE teams
Name  Swathi Lakra
Alma mater  Lady Shri Ram College
Years active  1995 - present
Home town  Ranchi

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Swathi Lakra is an Indian Police Service officer who joined the service in 1995. As of 2015, she is working as the Additional Commissioner of Police for the city of Hyderabad. She is the chief of the 'She' teams that are operating in Hyderabad to combat the harassment of women and increase their safety. She was born in Jharkhand. She worked as Deputy Inspector General of Visakhapatnam Range, before joining the Hyderbad city police. She is married to Benhur Mahesh Dutt Ekka, who is an IAS officer.

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Early life and education

Swathi Lakra was born in Ranchi, Jharkhand. She is youngest of 3 children. She pursued her education in Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi, where she got inspired from her friends to prepare for civil services examination. Her father is her motivating factor to clear the exam.

SHE teams

Hyderabad Police had set up 100 special teams to check harassment of women in public places. To be called 'She' teams, their members will keep a tight vigil at places where sexual harassment is common. Each team comprises five police personnel and they have been provided small cameras to record the movements of suspects, including women to keep an eye on the suspects. These teams are aimed at dealing with all cases of harassment of women including physical and mental abuse. The teams, which will work under the direct supervision of additional commissioner Swathi Lakra, will act swiftly on the complaints of harassment of women in public places.

Dial 100 will be the helpline to lodge all complaints by the victims, whose identity will be kept confidential. 'She' teams will bring culprits to central crime station and counsel them in the presence of their family members. They will also be dealt with in accordance with the law. The counselling is aimed at ensuring that they don't repeat such acts in future.

The teams have been constituted as part of the measures being taken by Telangana government for women's safety and security. The city police has also proposed to the government a legislation to curb harassment of women on the lines of Andhra Pradesh Anti Ragging Act and Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Eve Teasing Act.

References

Swathi Lakra Wikipedia


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