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Posted at: Mar 9, 2018, 12:45 AM; last updated: Mar 9, 2018, 12:45 AM (IST)INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Women take oath to fight for their self-respect

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, March 8

Hundreds of women took oath to fight for their self-respect at an event organised on International Women's Day here today. More than 300 girls and their mothers also took lessons from women constables of the Delhi Police on fighting off stalkers.

In the presence of Additional DCP-I (South) Vijayanta Arya, women constables shared tips on self-defence and gender sensitisation at NGO Aarohan’s  (Malviya Nagar).

Those who honed their martial art skills included transgenders and girls from government schools, said Rani Patel, chairperson of Aarohan.

Patel said the need for women to speak up against sexual harassment cannot be highlighted at any better time than now as the International Women’s Day has come close to global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice.

Arya said, “A strong mindset among women is always a big asset for the community as it helps counter sexual assaults and stalking.”

All-women PCR vans

On International Women’s Day, Delhi Police launched the all-women PCR vans.

As PCR vans are the first responders and besides acting as visible deterrent against criminal elements, these vans also instil a sense of confidence in citizens who can approach them in distress.

Women’s safety has always been an area of prime concern for Delhi Police and keeping this in mind, the department had launched a pilot project in September 2016 by inducting five all-women PCR vans, staffed and operated by all-women staff. These vans are now stationed at C-Hexagon-Rajpath, Jesus and Mary College, Maitreyi College, Vijay Chowk-South Fountain, KG Marg-American Centre and Khan Market, said Special Commissioner of Police Sanjay Baniwal (Women Safety and Operation).

These vans have performed well in past and in fact, in an independent study conducted about the impact of deployment of these vans, it was found that women felt it easier to communicate with women personnel and narrate their grievances without any hesitation. From its side, the Delhi Police also takes immense pride in letting its women personnel perform such critical operational duties, he said.

These vans will also be deployed at the Vishwavidyalaya Metro Station, Patel Chest Institute ( Delhi University), Rajiv Chowk Metro Station, Lady Sri Ram College, Sri Venkateswara College, considering the high footfall of large number of women, students and tourists, he said.

Twenty-seven women personnel have been specially selected and imparted training in firing skills. They have also been trained in unarmed combat skills.

All-women patrolling squad

The South District Police launched all-women patrolling squad yesterday. The squad would serve as a force multiplier to ensure safety and security of women while commuting on road and at public places.

The initiative was conceived with twin objectives. On one hand, it is designed to give a greater sense of security and comfort to the girls and women moving on road and at public places, for their personal and professional pursuits. On the other, it is a step forward in encouraging and motivating women police personnel by making the system more inclusive for them and putting them as the proactive front of field policing. All in all, it is an effort to provide additional safeguards to women in the city, said DCP Romil Banniya (South).

The squad is equipped with motorcycles with four riding gears, a gypsy with a woman police officer as the driver and an in charge to lead the patrol team, wireless sets, protection team and firearms, he said.

They were given specialised training in riding and in the maintenance of the squad vehicles. The patrol squad has also been given training in weapon handling, firing and unarmed combat, he said.

Though there is regular patrolling in high footfall and other areas of the district, a need was felt to augment the existing system.

The squad has been specifically tasked to ensure greater visibility in areas frequented by girls and women.

The squad will focus on areas having higher women footfall like Sarojini Nagar Market, Select City Walk Mall in Saket, Hauz Khas Village, Kamla Nehru College and Gargi College.


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