Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi on Saturday said a part of the funds allocated in the Union Budget would be used to recruit 1,000 women police officers, as part of measures to ensure the safety of women in the capital.
“We want women to make up 9 per cent of the Delhi Police force by the end of the year. Moreover, nearly Rs 200 crore earmarked in the Budget for the Nirbhaya Fund will be used to ensure safety of women on roads. Over 1,037 PCR vans will be added to step up patrolling on streets,” Bassi said.
He was speaking at a conference on women’s safety organised by FICCI Ladies’ Organisation (FLO). Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (crime against women) Varsha Sharma, Special Commissioner of Police (crime) Taj Hassan and Special Commissioner of Police (law and order) Deepak Mishra too spoke at the conference.
Bassi said after the December 16 gangrape case, the Delhi Police had become “more diligent” in filing complaints and FIRs on rape and gender violence.
“The city police has always been sensitive towards the need for paying special attention on women’s safety. However, it is only now that an increase in awareness not only on the part of the police but also on the part of members of the civil society as well has come about… Also, besides a need to change the mindset of men, women should from an early age be competently trained in self-defence techniques for their safety,” he said.
DCP Varsha Sharma said she oversees a special police unit for women and children in Nanakpura that imparts training in self-defence techniques.
BJP MP and FLO member Meenakshi Lekhi said the funds earmarked in the Budget for the Nirbhaya Fund would also be used in setting up a women’s crisis centre.
She said she had come up with an app called Raksha, which lets women send distress calls to family and friends at the press of the volume button for more than three seconds. She said she was trying to integrate the app with the Delhi Police network.