Dhaula Kuan, which houses DU’s South Campus, will now be off the headlines.
This part of south Delhi has earned itself the dubious distinction of being the most unsafe area for women in Delhi.
And in a bid to wash away the Dhaula Kuan shame, last month the Delhi Police scrapped the Dhaula Kuan police station and rechristened it the South Campus police station.
Police commissioner BK Gupta, on a lighter note said, “We have tried to break the Dhaula Kuan jinx by renaming the area police station. It’s an image makeover exercise.”
The notorious area—known as crime street—is now being properly policed by the women police officers of South Campus police station.
“It’s been intentionally done to change the perception of Dhaula Kuan in the minds of people,” he added.
Every year, scores of female students from across the country come to Dhaula Kuan to study in South Campus colleges. Besides, several working women reside in nearby localities like Satya Niketan and Anand Niketan.
Another reason was to provide separate police stations to the Cantonment area and Dhaula Kuan to improve the deteriorating law and order situation.
Over the years, the area had become a breeding ground for criminals as cases of rape, murder and molestation were being reported regularly.
It has witnessed some of the most ghastly crimes against women in the recent past. This year too, a 19-year-old student was raped, two molested and one murdered here.