The rise in number of love-birds perched on roadsides as the school is over is a cause of worry for many parents and minor schoolgirls in Shaheen Bagh.
A resident said as the school time is over, you could easily find these love-birds or roadside Romeos in groups hanging around in corners and ogling on schoolgirls.
A parent requesting anonymity said though most of them are in their teens but they work in groups and can easily gather more than fifty people over a phone call.
“What is most worrying is that if some parents or girl gather enough courage to oppose them then elderly from their houses come out and assemble in large numbers mounting pressure on the victim for a compromise or not to report the incident to police. Their alibi is don’t file a report as this would ruin their career as they are only young people doing all these for fun,” said a resident on the condition of anonymity.
They rule the roost in the locality and move around in groups, staying in connection with each other over phone, said the resident, adding that it is a major issue in the locality that nobody is willing talk about. Girls find extremely difficult to move around and return from home alone as these roadside Romeos can be found everywhere, he said.
A few days ago an incident in which a girl was beaten by eve-teasers for threatening to call police had left residents stumped. In the Shaheen Bagh incident, the boys barged into the victim’s house and beat up her mother after the girl had dared to oppose their move, said residents.
Earlier, some locals had launched a campaign with the help of local police to address the issue of roadside Romeos in schools outside Batla House.