Bullet Ranis: Kerala’s Latest Covid-19 Measure, Women Cops on Bikes, is Effective and Badass


Bullet Ranis: Kerala’s Latest Covid-19 Measure, Women Cops on Bikes, is Effective and Badass

Illustration: Mitesh Parmar

The coronavirus pandemic has left large parts of the country under varying degrees of lockdown for the last three months. As cases continue to rise, however, one state has ensured that all its residents follow the rules in a rather novel way. In Kerala, any violator of social distancing norms will now have to face the wrath of an all-women cops biker gang.

Seated on Royal Enfields, and wearing colour-coded helmets, this group of formidable police officers have now been tasked with patrolling the streets and keeping the coronavirus pandemic in check.

Apart from ensuring that senior citizens, women and children receive maximum protection, the group of Kerala officers will also file cases against anyone who is found violating social distancing norms laid down by the state government.

The squad is part of the Janamaithri Suraksha Project, started by the Kerala police to bridge the gap between the police and the public. It was first launched in April on an experimental basis in Thrissur district. But after recording a lot of positive feedback, authorities have extended the project to other parts of the state as well.

“Daredevil riders have shown what women power is. They are in constant touch with people in quarantine and boost their confidence, at the same time they are tough with violators,” the state’s DGP was quoted as saying, adding that the officers had already registered several cases in just a few days.

Since the lockdown was first declared in March, Kerala has made headlines for the way it has effectively handled the coronavirus outbreak.

The state has so far recorded both the lowest mortality and highest recovery rates in the country, making it a role model both back home and internationally for fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Now with a group of badass bikers ensuring that no resident drops their guard, it seems like the good news can only continue to pour in from Kerala.