As new session of Delhi University begins, Delhi police has started to deploy measures to make college freshers in the university feel safe against ragging and other crimes against women. Women police personnel of south Delhi jurisdiction will be patrolling South Campus of DU on scooters to ensure safety of students during admission season. Security measures are all being taken for other colleges of the university.
“During the admission season, we generally deploy policemen. This year, we have beefed up security arrangements,” the Deputy Commissioner of Police, south, Vijay Kumar said adding that eight to 10 women were deployed in South Campus.
Delhi Police Additional PRO Anil Mittal also stated that security in both North and South Campuses have been upgraded to aid the candidates thronging colleges for admission. DCP Kumar said that a large number of women candidates come from out station to take admission and their safety has also been ensured by the law-enforcing agency.
“Our women personnel have been deployed for patrolling on scooters. Male officers are patrolling all the time. They (women officers) can coordinate with them in the event of an emergency,” he added. He said that the women personnel were deployed a week back.
“There have been no incidents of harassment. Also, we have a tie-up with the principals of various colleges. So, if there is any incident, we are alerted,” the officer said.
The university also held an anti-ragging meeting recently to discuss ways to better equip itself against cases of ragging within colleges. It was attended to stakeholders of all colleges in the city and some police officers including Proctor, Dean of Students’ Welfare (DSW), in-charge welfare of foreign students, principals, and head of departments and anti-ragging committee members of different Delhi University colleges.
“Our women personnel have been deployed for patrolling on scooters. Male officers are patrolling all the time. They (women officers) can coordinate with them in the event of an emergency”
During the meeting the police said that the local SHO is a member of every anti-ragging committee in every college. Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Nupur Prasad said they had a discussion with principals and other office-bearers of Delhi University over the safety and security of students.
“The anti-ragging committee is urged to be vigilant and observant and see that the introductory sessions of juniors and seniors do not cause discomfort to anyone,” she said. DCP Prasad called for massive publicity of the helpline numbers and that students should be sensitised on social media platforms as well.
“For the safety of students on the campus, there is a comprehensive security scheme in place. We have deployed all-woman patrol and additional police officers in the campus area. We have ‘Himmat Plus’ App that ensures the safety of a person while availing public transport,” said Ms Prasad.