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Thursday , January 3 , 2013
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Safety awareness begins on campus

Jan. 2: The Kamrup (metro) district administration and city police are chalking out plans to ensure safety of women following the recent gang rape in Delhi.

To begin with, the district administration will soon launch an awareness drive in women’s colleges to apprise the students of safety tips and security arrangements available for them.

“The sensitisation will be done with the help of women’s commission, police, college authorities as well as students. We want to make sure that no woman faces harassment on the streets and they can attend colleges, go to work and commute without facing any problem. We are seeking the help of residents to make our city a safer place for women,” Kamrup (metro) deputy commissioner Ashutosh Agnihotri said.

Agnihotri hosted a tea party this evening where senior officials of city police, district administration as well as reporters were invited to discuss the plan.

City police, too, have joined hands with the administration and already inducted 300 women police personnel to assist women facing any kind of problem on the streets.

“Women police personnel have been deployed on our streets to perform two jobs — assist managing traffic and help the women who are out on the streets and markets. Already, we have facilities like women police patrol teams which are assisting women in trouble. But we need to build confidence among women and want to do it through awareness programmes,” senior superintendent of police (city), Anand Prakash Tiwari, said.

The residents, however, will have to wait for at least another two months for deployment of Viranganas, an all-woman police commando squad, as well as installation of CCTVs.

“The Viranganas will be deployed after more training. Installation of the CCTVs is now going on in full swing and we are receiving feedback from some of those that have already been installed. We hope to complete the installation process by April,” Tiwari said.

In December, he, however, had said CCTV installation would be completed by January.

Agnihotri said as part of their initiative to make nightlife safer, the district administration had decided to be stricter and ensure that stipulated norms were being properly followed by liquor shops, bars and clubs while organising parties.

“This year, we have allowed only those party organisers who have good past records to extend party time till midnight. We are not against nightlife and parties, but we want to make sure that no guideline is violated in the name of enjoyment,” Agnihotri said.

Asked about lack of streetlights in many lanes and bylanes, he said: “Streetlights are installed by the GMC. However, we all need to gear up and help in putting up lights to make the city a safer place.”

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