UP's 'Anti-Romeo Squad' apprehends 'Juliets'

UP's 'Anti-Romeo Squad' apprehends 'Juliets'

In a first, Uttar Pradesh police's  'Anti-Romeo Squad' apprehended two 'Juliets' in state's Agra town, about 250 kilometres from Lucknow, on charges of ''harassing'' two youths.
 
According to the reports, the girls had been ''exerting'' pressure on the youths to marry them and lodged a report of eve teasing, when they refused.
 
Police sources said that a few days back the squad had arrested two youths from Jagadishpura area after it was informed by the girls that they had tried to molest them. The youths, however, claimed that they were innocent and alleged that were victims of harassment and not the girls.
 
During the investigation, it was found that the youth had been living in rented accommodations, which were owned by the parents of the girls. The girls, who were friends, had been having an affair with the youths for the past few months.
 
Police said that the girls had been "exerting" pressure on the youths to marry them but they did not agree. Angry over their refusal, the girls lodged a complaint with the cops accusing the duo of harassing them.
 
The squad on Wednesday apprehended the two girls and booked them for ''harassing'' the youths, sources said. They were later released on bail with a warning not to harass the duo.
 
The 'Anti-Romeo Squad' has drawn flak from several quarters, including the women's rights activists and opposition parties, who termed it ''unconstitutional'' and accused it of indulging in ''moral policing''. There were reports that the Squad had harassed innocent couples and young lovers.
 
The state government, however, claimed that the Squad had been a huge success and earned the praise and support of the people. It also said that during the past two months, the squad had warned over 3.38 lakh 'Romeos' and booked over one thousand people on charges of eve teasing and molestation.

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