Higher numbers and greater visibility of women in khaki. This is how the Delhi Police wants to give the city's women an extra confidence in approaching the cops for assistance and to stop potential sex offenders dead in their tracks at South Campus.
Commissioner BK Gupta, early on Tuesday morning, officially inaugurated the Delhi Police's aptly-named South Campus police station which seeks to pre-empt, and swiftly react to, the complaints of students belonging to at least four colleges falling on the notorious Benito Juarez Marg.
"The new South Campus police station has been carved out of the erstwhile Dhaula Kuan police station, leaving out the portions handling VVIP movements to the adjoining southwest District. This means that now, we can have focused policing in South Campus and adjoining areas to ensure enhanced police presence," said Amulya Patnaik, joint commissioner of police (southern range).
Having an exclusive police station for South Campus, like one in North Campus, had been on the Delhi Police's mind since long. But incidents like the Radhika Tanwar murder case in early March and the abduction-cum-gangrape of a 30-year-old BPO employee from the Dhaula Kuan area late last year became immediate triggers for the step.
Headed by a woman sub-inspector, 31 personnel, 18 of whom are women, the police station has been equipped with two specially sanctioned motorcycles and a Delhi Police gypsy.
"We will soon install more CCTV cameras at strategic locations in the campus. I want female students, and women in general, to be able to freely move about in an around the area and, if need be, approach us without any reservations," said Chhaya Sharma, deputy commissioner of police (south).