The Delhi Police has finally kept its word — at least as far as trying to make Delhi University’s South Campus a place where an average woman of Delhi can travel to without any fear.
Of late, the area has witnessed some of the most ghastly crimes against women in the recent past.
The Delhi Police have embarked upon an ambitious project to rein in criminals with a penchant for making the Benito Juarez Marg of the South Campus their favourite destination.
The move comes precisely a day before the Delhi University officially declares its admission season for the current academic year open.
The university’s colleges will come up with their first cut-off lists on June 15, after which there will be a rush of students, trying to get admission in one of the colleges.
“We have carved out a considerable chunk of the jurisdictional area near the Ring Road. This portion, which previously fell under the Dhaula
Kuan Police Station, was brought under this new police station to be named the South Campus Police Station. At the moment, it will function through a police post and three police booths. The police station will be inaugurated on Tuesday,” said a senior police officer associated with the project.
Sources said the step is a result of several high-level meetings that took place between senior functionaries of the Delhi Police and Delhi University with a view to making the campus safer for women from the upcoming academic session.
Both the police and the university had been jolted into some much-needed introspection immediately after the Radhika Tanwar murder case.
On March 8, the second-year BA student at Ram Lal Anand College was mercilessly gunned down by a mentally unstable Vijay as revenge for being spurned in love near the foot overbridge in the Satya Niketan area.
“The incident had led to a furore throughout the campus with the vice-chancellor assuring agitated students that adequate steps to ensure safety of women students will be taken. So, keeping in mind the number of female students who frequent the area and a majority of students who stay there as paying guests, the number of officers deployed will be substantially increased,” the officer said.
The stretch between Sri Venkateswara College and Moti Lal Nehru College is notorious for cases of molestation.
Girls face similar problems near Jesus and Mary College and Maitreyi College. This stretch becomes quite secluded in the evenings, yet it still remains beyond the Delhi Police’s radar.
Sources said the police would begin by stationing specially sanctioned vehicles such as Delhi Police gypsies and motorcycles at the Atmaram Sanatan Dharm, Sri Venkateshwara, Motilal Nehru and Ram Lal Anand colleges.
In addition, there will also be an increase in the deployment and patrolling of the area by female officers.