The initiative of the police offering free rides for women at night was launched in Punjab, and is not available in Kerala.

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news Fake news Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 15:12

Have you received a WhatsApp forward which says that the Kerala Police is now offering free rides for women at night? The police has warned people to disregard the message, as it is fake news. The message, which came in Malayalam, stated that women who are stranded at night without a ride back home can contact the Kerala Police’s helpline numbers to avail free rides between 10 pm and 6 am.

The message also said that the helpline number would function 24x7, and that vehicles from the police control room, as well as PCR and SHE taxi service vehicles, would drop the women safely to their destinations. These services would also be entirely free, the message stated. It also said that women can also give a missed call or send a blank message to the given helpline numbers, which would help the police track their location. The message ended with a line asking readers to forward the message to all women they know, signed off by the Kerala Police.

However, in a social media post, the Kerala police has now clarified that there is no such scheme being offered by them in the state. Rather, the initiative is one launched by the Punjab police to ensure women’s safety and mobility. TNM rang up the helpline number which was given in the message, and confirmed that it was a helpline number which connected the call to the Ludhiana Police.

The social media clarification given on the Facebook page of the Kerala police also stated that the message was not one issued by Kerala, but was a scheme in another state. The forward, however, went viral on WhatsApp in Kerala. 

The full text of the message read: “Police have launched a free ride scheme. In the night time, stranded women who do not have a ride to go back home can call up the police helpline numbers and avail a ride home. This will function 24x7. The women will be dropped safely to their destinations in Control Room Vehicles or PCR/SHE cab vehicles. This service will entirely be free of cost also. The women can also give a missed call or send a blank SMS to the number as it would help the police track their location. Forward the message to all the women you know. Kerala Police”.  

Here is the original message. 

പോലിസ് ഫ്രീ റൈഡ് സ്കീം ലോഞ്ച് ചെയ്തിരിക്കുന്നു . 

രാത്രികാലങ്ങളിൽ ഒറ്റയ്ക്കകപ്പെട്ടു പോവുന്ന സ്ത്രീകൾക്ക്, വീട്ടിൽ പോവാൻ വാഹനം ലഭ്യമില്ലാത്ത സാഹചര്യത്തിൽ രാത്രി 10 നും പുലർച്ച 6 മണിക്കും ഇടയിൽ, പോലീസ് ഹെൽപ്പ് ലൈൻ നമ്പർ 1091 & 7837018555 ൽ വിളിച്ച് വാഹനത്തിന് ആവശ്യപ്പെടാം. 24x7 സമയവും ഇവ പ്രവർത്തിക്കുന്നതാണ്. കൺട്രോൾ റൂം വാഹനങ്ങളോ, PCR/SHE വാഹനങ്ങളോ അവരെ സുരക്ഷിതമായ് ലക്ഷ്യസ്ഥാനത്ത് എത്തിക്കുന്നതാണ്. ഈ സേവനം തികച്ചും സൗജന്യമാണ്.

സ്ത്രീകൾക്ക് തന്നിരിക്കുന്ന നമ്പറിലേക്ക് മിസ്സ് കാൾ നൽകുകയോ ബ്ലാങ്ക് മസ്സേജ് നൽകുകയോ ചെയ്യാം. ഇത് പോലീസിന് നിങ്ങളുടെ ലൊക്കേഷൻ കണ്ടു പിടിക്കാൻ ഉപകരിക്കും. 

നിങ്ങൾക്ക് അറിയാവുന്ന സ്ത്രീകൾക്കല്ലാം ഈ വിവരം കൈമാറുക.

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