In this BBC clip, undercover female officers are seen attacking men in a crackdown on sexual abuse in the country’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh.
The squads were put in place by Hindu cleric Yogi Adityanath, who was controversially appointed as chief minister of the north Indian state.
The BBC reporter, after witnessing officers interrogating men in the street, said: “So this seems pretty random to me, they’re just stopping guys, like this guy here, asking them what they’re up to, checking their ID.
“There’s no evidence this guy was ‘eve-teasing’ as they call it – harassing women at all.”
Female officers attack a man in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh
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One woman spoke out against the initiative and said: “You can’t go [to] everyone a say ‘what are you doing? Why are you sitting like this? You, stand up’.
“What is this? This is not the correct way to develop your country, this is not the way.”
The “anti-Romeo” squads have sparked outrage among parents who feel their sons have been targeted.
One father told The Times of India: “It is not the police's job to decide where boys can stand and where they cannot. My son is 19 and an adult.”
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There has been opposition to the move with men claiming they have been unfairly targeted
One boy said it was he instead who was being harassed – by the police.
He told the newspaper: “I was standing outside DN College to meet a friend, and the police gave me a warning.
“They wanted to call my parents, but I did not give them the right number. They did not even know if I was there to meet a girl or a boy. For them, any young boy in public on a bike is a 'majnu’.”
Police have since denied charges of harassment, saying the officers were taking safety precautions.
Alok Priyadarshi said: “The only job [of the squads] is to ensure the safety of women and to ensure that eve-teasing does not take place.
“For this, we will also take preventive steps like not permitting miscreants to loiter in public areas where women are known to frequent. I will not say it is moral policing.”