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'More women officers around girls' colleges'

He wishes to make the Capital a safer place for women and Delhi University's (DU) north campus is where he intends to start from.

delhi Updated: Nov 10, 2010 23:28 IST
Jatin Anand

He wishes to make the Capital a safer place for women and Delhi University's (DU) north campus is where he intends to start from.

Hours after taking over as city's new police commissioner, B.K Gupta, formerly Director General (prisons), constituted a task force and instructed his men to get cracking on Wednesday.

"I have given the officers concerned two days to analyse the precise constitution and deployment of our present force vis-a-vis male and female officers. Our aim is to set up help desks especially for women students at north campus at the earliest," Gupta who took charge from YS Dadwal told Hindustan Times.

Similar help desks at south campus and then at off-campus colleges are also in the pipeline.

"This step cannot be postponed any longer. We will also be increasing the deployment of women police officers around colleges soon because, as compared to their male counterparts, women students face more problems," Gupta said.

Gupta came up with the idea after delivering a lecture at DU's Jesus and Mary College recently.

"During interaction, one of the students asked me why there weren't many women police officers deployed at colleges even when it was amply clear that female students faced harassment. That set me thinking," Gupta said.

The initiative is keeping in line with Gupta's plans to revamp the Delhi Police as a women-friendly force that will soon introduce help desks exclusively for women complainants at each of its 180 police stations.

"Though the modalities are yet to be worked out, what I want to make clear is that these desks will work in 12-hour shifts and will not only entertain criminal complaints from women complainants but also help them with problems that they may encounter apart from crime," he said.

Ever since it was created on December 26, 2008, the Delhi Police's anti-obscene call cell received 20,474 calls till date since, while the anti-stalking cell launched on May 5 this year has received 8,703 calls till now.