Even after 10 days of announcing that police control room (PCR) vans will drop stranded women to their homes, not one woman has utilised the services.
The Delhi Police had introduced the drop facility last month after the rape of a 30-year-old BPO employee.
Most of the women said they dreaded taking a PCR van for the fear of being harassed further. “I would prefer waiting for a private cab than to take a PCR van home. I cannot trust policemen,” said Ishita Kapoor, a first-year student at Delhi University.
The police said there is also a “grey area”, as the number of PCR vans is limited, 630, and if women start calling for drop facilities, then other distress calls will go unattended.
A senior police officer said it could also be used as an excuse to not reach a crime spot on time. “We do not want that and are trying to streamline the process,” he said.