On the day when yet another woman working in a BPO was allegedly gang raped in a moving pick-up truck, Delhi Police chief BK Gupta assured women in Delhi University’s North Campus of a “safer campus”, thanks to a new concept of predominantly a women-run police station.
Policing in and around Delhi University (DU) is going to have a sea change by this weekend, the police chief has assured, with city police planning to appoint a woman Station House Officer, deploy more women on beat patrol and set up help desks at Maurice Nagar Police Station. The police station caters to the North Campus area, which has three biggest women colleges of DU.
Gupta has said almost the entire staff at the police station would predominantly be female so that they are more sensitive to the issues of women studying in the area.
The initiatives were taken by the Delhi Police to ensure more visibility of the force in the campus where the student community can approach them with their complaints.
“We need to instil a sense of confidence among people. The presence of women will have a positive effect,” said Gupta. These measures will be put in place within two-three days, he added.
The help desks will be set up at spots near Kirori Mal College, Faculty of Arts, Miranda House and Central Institute of Education, while the women desks will be at Kirorimal College, Rugby Stadium and Faculty of Arts.
The whole police station area is divided into three divisions and two PCR vans each will patrol one division.
According to Gupta, 25-30 female officers at various posts would be inducted into the police stations in the initial phase. Most of the female constables are fresh recruits who are more in tune with the problems faced by women in Delhi University.
The police said there would also be police posts, which female personnel will man. Later most of the force in the police station would be predominantly female.
Even PCR vans patrolling the area would have two female and one male personnel. “There would be male personnel but most of the key posts would be with female officers in the area,” added Gupta.
There would be as many as 80-85 female personnel at the police station.
Gupta said that this pilot project would be the basis of other similar police stations as well. “After this project is successful, we would convert a police station in South Campus as well,” he said.