Mak­ing Delhi safer: The way for­ward

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - SPECIAL - Faizan Haider faizan.haider@hin­dus­tan­

NEW DELHI: Af­ter bat­tling for 13 days, the 23-year-old gan­grape vic­tim died in a Sin­ga­pore hospi­tal. But our fight is not over yet. Time has come to take strict mea­sures to make the city safer for women so that no girl goes through that trauma again. Hin­dus­tan Times shows the way.

FO­CUS ON COM­MON MAN Of the 83,762 Delhi Po­lice per­son­nel, close to 45,000 are not avail­able for polic­ing. Of th­ese 45,000, 7,315 are pro­vide se­cu­rity cover to 416 VIPs in the city. Once ev­ery­thing is ac­counted for, Delhi has only one po­lice­men for 500 peo­ple. "If the en­tire force is at work, only the will one po­lice­men be avail­able for 200-odd Del­hi­ites at a given point of time. But only a sec­tion of them are posted at the po­lice sta­tions, so that makes the num­ber even more dis­mal," said a se­nior Delhi po­lice of­fi­cial.

FAST TRACK COURTS Trial is con­sid­ered a sec­ond rape. More­over, the ha­rass­ment a rape vic­tim has to face from var­i­ous agen­cies some­times force her to not report the in­ci­dent. Delhi Po­lice need to act more pro­fes­sion­ally. There is also a need of fast track courts for rape cases so that a trial can end in a stip­u­lated pe­riod of time.

RE­HA­BIL­I­TA­TION A rape vic­tim needs help through­out her life. Apart from an­nounc­ing com­pen­sa­tion, the government must en­sure that a coun­sel­lor is in con­stant touch with the rape vic­tim.

CATCH THEM EARLY The po­lice need to carry aware­ness cam­paign in slum clus­ters and en­gage un­em­ployed youths in var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties so that they are not at­tracted to the world of crime.

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