Delhi Police have identified 255 transit routes near entertainment hubs where women might be at risk. The police have been asked to step up patrolling on those routes and ensure proper lighting.
The Union home ministry, which controls Delhi Police, has sent the directive following a high-level meeting on Monday chaired by home secretary L C Goyal and attended by all senior police officers. Police said they have been asked to ensure that all dark spots have proper night lighting and CCTV cameras are installed at parking lots, shopping malls and other deserted public places.
Police officers also said that photo identity cards were being issued to the crew of public service vehicles operating in Delhi. The cards will be given out by the transport department after police verification.
All schools in the city have also been asked to maintain data and a daily register of attendance of crew of private vehicle operators who ferry students. Police said all schools under the directorate of education, which use transport facilities, have got police verification of drivers.
Besides the security arrangement on the police’s part, the special police unit for women and children has been conducting regular self-defence classes, nearly 952 programmes in all, for around 1,15,000 women and girls.