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Women’s safety now police’s top priority

Perhaps for the first time, countering crimes against women has become a top priority for Delhi Police - not particularly known for gender sensitivity - after the sustained mass outrage over the gang-rape and death of a 23-year-old woman last month that brought women’s insecurity in the national capital into sharp public focus.

Since the 16 December gangrape, all the 180 police stations here have been told to run a women’s help desk 24x7 with at least two women police personnel in attendance. All police personnel are to inform senior officers immediately about any major distress call related to women.

‘Earlier, women officers were seen only during the day. Now, every police station has been instructed to run a women’s help desk 24x7. Police stations have been instructed to put at least two women officers at the desk at night,’ Special Commissioner of Police Sudhir Yadav said.

Yadav said that the initiative was taken after the gang-rape incident that not just jolted Delhi and earned India a lot of international opprobrium over public safety, particularly of women.

All the 11 police districts in New Delhi have been asked to be on high alert regarding women’s safety and the officers have been ordered to handle women-related distress calls on priority.

Police attending the calls at 100 - Police Control Room (PCR) and at 1091 (a special desk to attend women-related calls) - have been instructed to take immediate action when they get a distress call from a woman. Yadav can also be reached any time on his direct number 09818099012.

Yadav said he has been appointed as the nodal officer to keep a watch on women’s distress calls at 100 and 1091.
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