In a special drive to ensure women’s safety, all district DCPs have been directed to deploy personnel in civvies as well as uniforms at major bus stands, on chartered buses, outside girls’ schools and colleges and in poorly lit areas.
The drive started three days ago across the capital, police said. The decision came after Home Minister Rajnath Singh, at the Raising Day parade, of the Delhi Police emphasised on ensuring women’s safety in the capital.
Police said at least 10 personnel from each police station have been deployed as part of the drive beginning Friday.
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“The idea is to keep a strict vigil at places frequented by women and keep an eye on unruly elements. While the constables have been stationed at major bus stands, a list of which was prepared by each district, the head constables and inspectors have been asked to keep an eye on dark spots. Special attention will be given to areas surrounding girls’ schools and colleges. Most of the policemen and women will be in civil clothes. Some will be in uniform as well,” a senior police officer said.
Police said a daily report will be submitted by the teams to their respective SHOs.
Police said head constables in civilian clothes will also conduct random checks aboard buses along vulnerable routes.
Policemen will also patrol dark spots in each of the 11 districts. Delhi Police had mapped 255 dark and vulnerable transit routes in the city last month after a directive from the Home Ministry.
Police have also been holding regular self-defence training classes in schools and colleges for several months now.
Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Deepak Mishra said, “We have started the the drive across all 11 districts in the city this week as a measure of ensuring law and order and instilling confidence in women.”