Making chain snatching an emotionally difficult business, as sisters cannot be robbed
To stop the widespread crime of chain-snatching, the police came out with a unique strategy, a rakhi event at the BKC police station. Women from mahila mandals tied rakhis on the wrists of chain snatchers, thereby becoming sisters rather than potential victims to be robbed.
The Additional Commissioner of Police Vishwas Nangre Patil gathered around 150 chain snatchers from all over the city and made them take an oath before the mahila mandal women not to snatch the chains in future, as the mangalsutra is given more respect than money in a woman’s life. There are at least three cases of chain snatching in the city every day.
According to the police, the chain snatchers were called to the BKC police station yesterday where some of the victims along with members of the Mahila Mandal came and tied rakhis on their wrists.
According to Nangre Patil, this move will definitely help reduce crime as snatchers will treat women as sisters. On the other hand, a criminal is neglected by society thanks to which he sticks to his criminal activities.
“The step was taken specially on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan as it would awaken their humanity and stop them from committing such crimes. They were encouraged to accept women as sisters. A brother will not snatch the chains from a sister’s neck,” added Patil.
Requesting anonymity, a chain snatcher admitted, “We are happy that the women came here to tie rakhis. I have an emotional attachment with them, and I have promised my sisters that I will not snatch any chains from now on.”