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Delhi govt took slew of steps to ensure women's safety

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Delhi government has taken a slew of steps to ensure women's safety, including installation of CCTV cameras, street lights to light up dark spots and deployment of marshals in buses, after the 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape-and-murder case.

Around two-lakh CCTV cameras have been installed across Delhi and more than one-lakh devices are in the process under a government project aimed at ensuring safety of women.

A senior government official said a total of three-lakh CCTV cameras would be installed in all 70 assembly constituencies under the ambitious project being executed by the public works department.

The government is procuring buses that are equipped with panic buttons, CCTV cameras and global positioning system (GPS) device.

A 23-year-old paramedic student, who came to be known as Nirbhaya, and her friend had boarded a private bus from Munirka stand on the fateful night of December 16, 2012.

Last year, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had announced that his government would install three CCTV cameras, 10 panic buttons and GPS device in each of the existing 5,500 DTC and cluster buses, which he said was aimed at making women passengers feel safer in public transport.

Over 14,000 marshals are currently deployed every day in all DTC and cluster buses, a move also directed at ensuring women safety in Delhi.

The government has also made it mandatory for all public vehicles, including buses, auto-rickshaws, taxis and cabs, install GPS device, which intends to track their location in case of crime cases.

As part of women safety measures, the government has decided to light up "dark spots".

"Two lakh LED street lights are being installed to light up dark spots. Municipal corporations have also been installing street lights in their respective areas," another official said.

Last year, the government announced that it would administer pledge to students of all schools and colleges to respect women.

CCTV, panic buttons, marshals in public buses among measures for women safety in Delhi after Nirbhaya case.

Under the initiative, an hour-long classroom discussion on respecting women is being conducted. Girl students are also be asked to talk to their brothers on the issue of respecting women and warn them against any wrongdoing.

Once a girl talks to her brother on the issue, she will be required to tell her class about it.

Nirbhaya was gang-raped on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012, inside a running bus in south Delhi by six people and severely assaulted before being thrown out on the road. She succumbed to injuries on Dec 29 at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.

The four convicts in the gang rape-and-murder case have been sentenced to death.

Ram Singh, one of convicts, had allegedly killed himself in 2013 while a juvenile, who was among the six accused, was convicted by a juvenile justice board. He was released from a reformation home after serving a three-year term.

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First Published: Fri, March 20 2020. 17:24 IST