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Increase in female police officers after gang rapes around Delhi colleges

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In the last three weeks there have been two violent gang rapes around South Campus colleges in New Delhi, pharm leading to criticism of the police.

On Tuesday Delhi police assured students that there would be an increase in female police officers and more vigilant patrolling around the campuses.

Delhi police chief B K Gupta said that the number of women police officers has been increased in Delhi University with some success and a similar attempt would be made with South Campus colleges to ensure that young girls are safe.

“We will have more women police personnel in areas where the concentration of colleges is higher.”

The police have also asked the Union home ministry for 350 additional police control room (PCR) vans, symptoms and will urge the law ministry to set up fast track courts to tackle serious crimes like gang rapes.

This comes after a meeting with Girija Vyas, chairperson of the National Commission for Women (NCW). The police came under fire following a gang rape incident in Mongolpuri less than three weeks after a woman was picked up and raped in a moving car by four men at Dhaula Kuan (see earlier WVoN story).

According to complaints to the NCW, the number of crimes against women has risen from 233 in 1992 to 14,364 in 2010, including 747 complaints of rape and attempted rape.

The largest number of cases has been reported from Uttar Pradesh (382), followed by Rajasthan (109), Delhi (73) and Haryana (69).

Vyas said, “We need a strong law and we will push for bringing the Bill for prevention of sexual assault at the earliest.”

Read more at the Times of India.

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