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Whatsapp Is a New Crime Stopper

By: Team Ifairer | Posted: 11-09-2014
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WhatsApp is fast emerging as a tool to check crime in Uttar Pradesh with the police receiving a slew of complaints, including traffic violations and corruption, through the hugely popular social networking app.

In the past one month, over four key departments have taken to WhatsApp to either act as a crime stopper or as a tool to gather feedback on services that the government offers to its citizens.

The Lucknow police, a while back, launched the WhatsApp complaint tool to gather complaints against four wheelers with tinted and black glasses. It also extended the ambit of WhatsApp use to report traffic offences like not stopping at the red light, rash driving and driving without helmet on two-wheelers.

Lucknow's Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Navneit Sikera, the officer who initiated the WhatsApp as crime stopper move, says he is very happy at the outcome.

"The response has been tremendous and within a few weeks we have been able to pinpoint those who break traffic rules and act against them", Sikera told IANS.

In the last few weeks alone, more than 3,363 challans have been issued based on WhatsApp pictures and videos that people sent to the police.

Buoyed by the response, the police extended the WhatsApp complaint mechanism to include molestation cases and stunts on motorcycles.

"We will now also use the application to check eve teasing and the WhatsApp mobile number will be connected to the highly successful women's power line 1090", said Sikera.
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