Once upon a time, most girls’ colleges used to come with an unwanted package — motorists and cars of men stationed outside or near their colleges. But today, the scene outside a girls’ college is completely different, with these unwanted attention-givers being replaced by PCR vehicles.
“We have made sure that there are police patrol vehicles to monitor colleges like JMC, Maitreyi and LSR through their working hours during the admission season as well as otherwise,” said Dinesh Varshney, Deputy Dean of Students’ Welfare, South Campus.
Following the rising number of mishaps, PCR vehicles have not just been stationed outside girls’ colleges, but can be found patrolling the length of North and South Campuses.
“Recently a girl complained about a stalker. We took cognisance of the complaint and forwarded it to the Delhi Police, who immediately took action and the stalker was soon nabbed,” said Varshney.
DU girls have often had to face harassment at the hands of strangers and this is what the police seek to eradicate.
“We have to walk for at least a kilometer to reach the bus stop from college. This stretch is usually deserted around late afternoon or in the evening. A few cars sometimes slow down if a girl is walking alone on this stretch,” said Alka Sharma (name changed), a student of Maitreyi College.
“Girls’ colleges are our prime areas of focus where we need to prevent cases of eve-teasing or any other serious incident. We deploy PCR vehicles during opening and closing hours in colleges through the year. During admission season, additional policemen will be deployed in the North and South Campus colleges,” said Amulya Patnaik, Joint Commissioner of Police (south range).
However, said Varshney, “We have also urged students, who flock the campus during admission process and later when they take admission in colleges, to be very cautious about personal safety. This message is not just for the girls, but for the boys too, as both are equally vulnerable to any mishap.”