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Cops deployed at 100 vulnerable bus stops, 200 more on radar

Karn Pratap Singh, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 18, 2013
First Published: 00:19 IST(18/1/2013) | Last Updated: 00:22 IST(18/1/2013)

The Delhi Police’s plan to revive their old arrangement of deploying personnel at the city’s bus stops is now finally in place.

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The purpose: Prevent incidents of crime against women at bus stops or in moving buses.

After the Delhi government identified 300 bus stops that were vulnerable for women, the police took over the responsibility of manning them.

On Thursday, traffic policemen were deployed at 100 of these stops across the city. The police will be deployed at the remaining 200 vulnerable bus stops within 72 hours.

Their vigil at the bus stops will be monitored by senior police officers from Monday onwards, a senior police officer said. 

Two traffic police constables have been deployed at each of the 100 bus stops in all the 11 districts.

“They will work in two shifts — from 8 am to 11.30 am and from 5 pm to 10 pm — as most women travel by buses during these time periods,” said the senior officer.

He said the cops deployed at all the 300 bus stops will also look out for traffic rule violations such as overtaking, lane violations, unnecessary halts and improper parking by autorickshaws. Of the nearly 300 traffic constables deployed, 40 are women.

A few days ago, the Delhi government had announced that 300 bus stops of the city were highly vulnerable to crimes against women.

Moreover, thousands of women frequent these bus stops daily and face mental and physical harassment.

After the barbaric December 16 gang rape, station house officers (SHOs) of all the 11 districts were directed to prepare a list of vulnerable bus stops in their area.

Victims of harassment in a bus can also contact these police personnel after deboarding at bus stops, added the officer.

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