Its ‘Say Hello to Your Neighbour’, clarifies Kerala Police amid debate on ‘watching’ neighbours

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Kochi: The police department has clarified that there is no initiative named ‘Watch your Neighbour’ under it, but there is a campaign called ‘Say Hello to Your Neighbour’ (SHYNe) run by Kochi City Police.

The clarification comes as some media reports said police have a new initiative called ‘Watch your Neighbour’. This had stoked debate and many in social media even termed the move as legalising peeping into the affairs of your neighbourhood unnecessarily. Some also mocked the practicality and raised concerns over possible outcomes.

Refuting the narrative, the police have pointed out that there is no such initiative for surveilling the neighbours. The media release from the police has also detailed the campaign ‘Say Hello to Your Neighbour’ and its objectives.

According to the release, the campaign is to ensure a robust bond between residents in the city which is crucial for public security. Many elders and children remain unattended and isolated, and the move is to give them opportunities of engagement, it said. For some months, this campaign has been active and it has yielded positive results, it added.

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