Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi may have just started a new trend and set an example for others to follow. It may be recalled that what Bedi did was quite similar to the approach that has been used earlier by many great kings and rulers. What Bedi did was that she went incognito and rode the streets of Puducherry. She was riding pillion on a scooty and her mission was to assess women’s safety in Puducherry. After conducting the midnight survey of the city streets, Bedi reported that Puducherry was largely safe for women at night. She expressed her thoughts on Twitter, where she posted, “Felt that Puducherry is safe for women even at night.” It may be recalled that Bedi is a former IPS official, so she has the experience to carry out such night patrolling of city streets.
Bedi has also identified some areas that need to be improved. She has come up with certain suggestions that she will be conveying to the police and the administration. Bedi also urged people to feel free to call the number 100 whenever they might need help. Bedi’s innovative project has received a lot of appreciation on social media channels. She has also received some criticisms, one most common being that she was not wearing a helmet. However, Bedi justified her actions saying that she deliberately did not wear a helmet, as she wanted to appear vulnerable.