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As students in school, we always hate to sit in class but enjoy the educational trips to different places, such a nice museum or a zoo or a specialized park or an exhibition festival or a planetarium and such other places. Similarly, our Life Skills Empowerment project, in addition to conducting regular sessions for the adolescent girls of our project areas, organises exposure visits to important places like a post office, a police station, a bank and others, in order to expose these girls to the workings of these institutions, so that they can empower themselves with the knowledge to be able to deal with emergency situations and not rely on anyone else.

The latest exposure visit was organized to a police station for all the 50 LSE girls to a police station. With the support of Senior Inspector, Mr. Avinash and Head Constable, Mr. Bhalekar at Saki Naka Police Station (an area in Andheri east, very close to our office), the visit included a peep into the various departments of a police station including detection, record room, interrogation, dispatch, control room, IT dept, etc.

Starting with filing an FIR and an NC, the girls learnt about the hierarchy of the police, police recruitment process, concepts of police case, criminal & civil cases, Police Didi project (very, very important for the girls), functioning of Police Helpline numbers and most importantly, the role of common citizens in shouldering their responsibilities to help the police do their duties efficiently.

Happy and excited with all the new information, the girls were very inquisitive and the question-answer session at the end of the visit and the police were very happy to receive all the question and empower these girls with all the information on how to deal with untoward incidents, be it encountering a road accident, or eve teasing, or theft, or other issues that we come across around us in our daily lives now and then.

For all the support, we wish to thank the Mumbai Police and the Saki Naka Police Station for taking our time from their packed schedule to empower us and our girls with these very, very important information!

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