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IPS Sarah Sharma does her bit for women's safety

By IndianMandarins- 28 Jun 2019


Sarah Sharma (IPS:2010:OR) Superintendent of Police of Odisha's southern Gajapati district, has formed a special team to deal with the rising nuisance of eve-teasing, as well as recorded a full-fledged song in her voice that seeks to keep the police team motivated for its job and also asks women and girls not to be afraid of eve-teasers.

The Odia song, ‘Narira surakhya pain neichhu pana’ (we have vowed to keep women protected), has been a rage on social media after it was formally released by Gajapati police at the district headquarters town of Paralakhemundi on Tuesday.

The 35-year-old IPS officer, who is a trained vocalist of Hindustani classical music from school, is seen singing in the recording studio with gusto, accompanied by musicians and recording technicians.

“I love singing, and I sing whenever I get the time and the atmosphere. I decided to sing this song myself because this project of the police helping women who face eve-teasing is close to my heart. I am glad the song is being liked by many,” Sharma told a news channel.

The special police team is called the ‘SHE team,’ SHE being the acronym for ‘Safety-Health-Environment’. Under the project modeled after a similar initiative of the Hyderabad Police, a team of police personnel led by a woman sub-inspector and seven constables will patrol sites frequented by women and take quick action against men who harass or eve-tease.

In her last stint at the Biju Patnaik State Police Academy (BPSPA) in Bhubaneswar, Sharma attended music classes in the morning to hone her singing skills. “Music is a passion for me, apart from reading and writing,” said Sharma, who went to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) for her MPhil in international relations before cracking the UPSC examinations.

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