What’s in a name? Shakespeare said. But there could well be something in it after all.

India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, has set up “anti-Romeo squads,” which they say will ensure women’s safety on streets. 

However, many cry foul and see this as moral policing. More importantly, they are upset that their beloved Shakespearean hero is being maligned for no fault of his. 

“I thought he was quite a charming guy. UP cops need a new villain,” tweeted one user.

But what are these squads? And why are they called “anti-Romeo?”

The squads consist of cops stationed outside schools and colleges and they pick up young boys if they suspect them as “Romeos” — men who are sexually harassing women (known as eve-teasing in India).

However, people want the authorities to clearly “define” a Romeo. Because the fear of being caught has started to affect young couples in the area.     

Hindustan Times reports that the number of couples in a popular park has come down to five from 200 within a week of the squads’ existence.

Also, why Romeo? He had a consenting partner. Really.

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