Converting all-boys schools to co-ed, public toilets among many proposals to help make Delhi safer for women

In its report, the panel has mentioned irregular police patrolling, insensitivity by police, scarcity of public toilets for women, overcrowded and unsafe public transport, lack of support from bystanders and absence of proper dustbins for menstrual waste disposal as some factors that add to making Delhi unsafe for women.

Neighbourhood News Desk: Dedicated campus police force to secure universities, better last-mile connectivity from metro stations, phasing out all-boys schools and building more toilets for women are some of the recommendations made by a six-member panel to Delhi Police to make the national capital safer for its girls and women.

Panel that submitted its report on Tuesday had various stakeholders from Delhi Police, National Commission for Women, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Delhi Commission for Women, National Institute of Urban Affairs and Urban Spaces and representatives from northeast support centre and other NGOs.

In order to make public transports safer, the panel suggested introducing a system of immediate response to sexual harassment in buses by installing a helpline inside bus directly linked to the police control room. It also stated, “setting up of a central database of drivers of public transport, improving last mile connectivity, addition of pre-paid auto stands at high-use Metro stations, collection of gender-disaggregated data to improve transportation services.”

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