NEW DELHI: The Centre on Wednesday told the Delhi high court that it had increased the number of lines of police helpline number — 100 — from 60 to 100 and the number of lines of women helpline number — 1091 — from four to 10.
Elaborating on the steps taken to ensure safety of women in the capital, additional solicitor general Sanjay Jain said Delhi Police had identified 325 vulnerable areas that are under constant patrolling.
The home ministry in an affidavit before the court said CCTVs were being installed in DTC buses, and GPS installation in public service vehicles had been made mandatory. It said the installation of CCTVs would begin in 200 buses in the first phase.
Apart from this, all civic agencies have initiated work to install CCTV cameras in areas under their jurisdiction, the affidavit said.
The government said several other measures were being taken to ensure that no crime against women went unreported.
During the hearing, the court said, “We are concerned over the response time of the police team in reaching the crime spot. They should reach quickly in order to give guarantee to citizens of Delhi that they are safe here”.
“The response time of police should be known to everyone so that the citizens here are aware that the police are always there on time at the crime scenes,” a bench of justice BD Ahmed and justice RK Gauba said.
It asked the Centre and Delhi Police to file a response on quality of criminal investigation, presence of forensic expert or team at the crime spot, and forensic training given to police crime teams.
The Delhi government was asked to examine inclusion of forensic pathologists in city’s hospitals and file a status report. The Ministry of Health and AIIMS were also asked to file similar status reports.
The court was hearing a public interest litigation initiated by it for women’s safety and recruitment of additional police in Delhi after the December 16, 2012 gang rape case.
The court posted the matter till July 27.