A 19-year old student of the University was allegedly gang raped by an autorickshawdriver and 3 accomplices on November 3, although the incident was reported to the police on November 7. The girl, a correspondence student and a resident of East Delhi’s Mandavali village, also works at a call centre in Noida. She was waiting for the call centre cab at 4 45 AM when the accused pulled her into an auto and took her at knifepoint to the Pragati Maidan parking lot, where they took turns raping her. They threatened to kill her if she resisted, finally dumping her off near her residence. One of the accused, Rambir, is in police custody while the others are still absconding.
What’s more shocking is that this heinous incident has come to light the day after BK Gupta took over from YS Dadwal as the new police commissioner of Delhi and one of the first things on his agenda was making the city safer for students. He had said “I have given the officers concerned two days to analyse the precise constitution and deployment of our present force vis-à-vis male and female officers. Our aim is to set up help desks especially for women students at north campus at the earliest”. Similar desks at South Campus and off-campus colleges are also planned.
Gupta came up with the idea after delivering a lecture at DU’s Jesus and Mary College recently. “During interaction, one of the students asked me why there weren’t many women police officers deployed at colleges even when it was amply clear that female students faced harassment. That set me thinking,” Gupta mentioned. This is the first of many planned initiatives aimed at making the Delhi Police a woman friendly force. Special Help Desks for women’s complaints are also being set up at 180 police stations.