Launched from the Vidhana Soudha or the State Legislature and partly painted pink, 51 Pink Hoysala or police patrolling vehicles have been added to the existing Hosyala fleet. The aim is to help keep an eye on the safety of women and children. Pink Hoysalas, police patrol vehicles, will have at least one police woman officer in them during the day shifts.
Karnataka's Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, who launched the vehicles, said they would be posted at places where lots of women work or live - like colleges, hostels, or BT and IT firms.
Sharada Siddi, one of the women police officers who will be working in the Pink Hoysalas told NDTV, "I think it is very good because women and children face many problems in Bengaluru city."
A safety app called 'Suraksha' was also launched at the same time - which enables user to send alerts directly to the police control room and to two contacts in his/her phone.
Download SURAKSHA App... for assistance in distress. pic.twitter.com/PIUgfLP5EE— Praveen Sood IPS (@CPBlr) April 10, 2017
Praveen Sood said, "A person in distress can use this app to send an SOS message to two people they register as their panic contacts on the app. The message will read 'I am in problem, therefore come and help me'."
Thereafter, "The person's google location will go to those people, and our control room will send Hoysala there to help them," said Mr Sood.
The functionality of the app will be tested as the user base swells and begins to use the app regularly.