Concerned over the safety of women travelling in office cabs or living in paying guest (PGs) accommodations, the Delhi Police now wants more power to tighten the noose around private companies and PG owners.
The Delhi Police have written to the Ministry for Home Affairs (MHA) to give them the power to arrest cab and PG owners flouting rules related to safety of women under section 133 (1) b of the CrPC.
Currently, the Delhi Police have issued an order on temporary basis under section 144 of CrPC, asking private companies to assist a woman employee with a security guard during her night drop. Same orders were issued to PG owners to have property security arrangements in place.
“The violation of Section 144 of CrPC can lead to arrest but that order is temporary and we have to repeat it again and again. If we get the MHA's nod, we will be able to arrest the violators under Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code at any point of time even if the order under Section 144 CrPC is not in place,” a senior police officer requesting anonymity said.
“The objective behind this request is to control trades against whom we fail to take strict action. With the mushrooming of PGs and girls hostels in the Capital, there is a need to control this trade," the officer added.
The Delhi Police recently conducted a security audit of PGs and girls hostels in the city and found that most of them lacked the basic security infrastructure. The police have now prepared a database of such a structures and issued guidelines, asking them to provide proper safety arrangements.
“We have conducted a security audit of all paying guest accommodations and hostels for women. A total of 215 such structures have been covered and most of them did not have proper safety structure in place. Currently, we can only issue guidelines to them but once we have the power of arrest, it can act as a deterrent,” the officer further added.
Similarly after the Dhaula Kuan gang rape in 2010, the Delhi Police have come up with guidelines for BPO cab owners.