A new helpline for foreigners in the capital: 8750871111

Police said in the past two days, 20 calls were made to the helpline, but most callers wanted to know about the new initiative.

New Delhi | Published:February 13, 2014 3:21 am
20 calls were made to the helpline, but most callers wanted to know about the new initiative. 20 calls were made to the helpline, but most callers wanted to know about the new initiative.

In the aftermath of the Danish woman gangrape in Delhi, a new helpline for foreign nationals in the city has been started by police.

Police said the helpline, which will be operational 24×7, will only register complaints by foreign nationals. The helpline was started on Tuesday.

Police said in the past two days, 20 calls were made to the helpline, but most callers wanted to know about the new initiative.

A few of the calls were, however, made to lodge complaints. One of the complaints was by a woman, who lost her passport. Another complaint related to theft of a foreign tourist’s handbag.

Police said all the complaints were forwarded to the local police for follow-up action.

Police said the helpline — 8750871111 — will be monitored round the clock by an officer of the rank of sub-inspector. Joint Commissioner of Police Mukesh Meena (New Delhi range) confirmed the helpline had become operational. Meena has also been appointed as the nodal officer to deal with complaints of foreign nationals.

Sources said the recent incident of alleged harassment of Ugandan women also prompted police to start the helpline.

Police said the number would soon be put on the official website of the Delhi Police and social networking sites for the benefit of foreign nationals. “Local police is always there to register complaints of foreign nationals. But the helpline is exclusively for complaints from foreigners,” a police officer said.

In another step, police have decided to hold meetings once every three months with officer-bearers of associations representing foreign nationals in the city. The nodal officer has been directed to intervene, look into cases and issue directions to the DCP concerned, if need be.

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    WrongDecisions
    Jul 18, 2016 at 4:01 pm
    its sad how it takes serious crimes to occur before preventative or helpful initiatives are set up..
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      Anna
      Jul 21, 2015 at 4:00 pm
      Wonderful initiative but who can protect foreigner from Police at self there is not only gangrape danger unfortunatly. Its almost one year since i left India where i been treated as criminal together with my fiance(indian citizen). The w situation took a place in Baddi HP, police officer Amit Pal, made my stay as much as possible unpleasant. And nobody can protect me or give advice. Super Intendant of police of Baddi cant do anything against this corrupted officer who blackmail us and claim than i am illegal working and breaking low leaving with my fiance together with out marriage. Who can protect us from such people??? Emby?-No!!! i made million of calls, Migration office?-No!!! WHO THAN???
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        guptadkj
        Feb 13, 2014 at 8:13 am
        This is a very good idea provided the person who receives the call does something and fast.
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          guptadkj
          Feb 13, 2014 at 8:13 am
          This is a very good idea provided the person who receives the call does something and fast.
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            harishindira@gmail
            Feb 13, 2014 at 10:52 pm
            The number should be only four digits to make it easy to call and remember: e.g: 1 3 4 6 or may be 369 or 888 or 777. It can be only good if the police is to follow up the complaint.
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              harishindira@gmail
              Feb 13, 2014 at 10:52 pm
              The number should be only four digits to make it easy to call and remember: e.g: 1 3 4 6 or may be 369 or 888 or 777. It can be only good if the police is to follow up the complaint.
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                NRI
                Feb 13, 2014 at 9:03 pm
                Are NRI's foreigners??
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                  NRI
                  Feb 13, 2014 at 9:03 pm
                  Are NRI's foreigners??
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