DU security: 12 CCTV cameras to be installed on north campus

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New Delhi, Nov 13(UNI) In a bid to ramp up security for girl students and keep eve-teasers under electronic surveillance, twelve closed-circuit television(CCTV) cameras will be installed on the north campus of the Delhi University early next year.

The move comes two months after the eve-teasing incident in the Indraprastha College for Women in which some of the examinees, who had come to take a written test for recruitment of policemen, had allegedly molested girl students on the campus, Addressing a news conference here today, Delhi University Students Union President Amrita Bahri said, ''Soon after the incident, we submitted memoranda to President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, National Commission for Women Chairperson Girja Vyas and Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal, seeking bolstering of security of girl students on the campus.'' ''Among others, installation of CCTV cameras on the campus was one of our prominent demands, and I am happy that our efforts have borne fruit as the proposal has now been approved by the Delhi Police,'' she informed.

''With the primary ground survey over, a technical committee would now be constituted which will undertake a survey following which the cameras would be installed on the campus with in the next three to four months,'' Amrita added.

The points where the cameras would be installed include PWG girls hostel, School of Correspondence, Kranti Chowk, Patel Chest Chowk, St Stephen's College, two at the Vice-Chancellor's office, Khalsa College and Maurice Nagar lane, among others.

Every movement on the CCTV cameras would be monitored round the clock by the Delhi Police personnel, drawn from Roop Nagar and Maurice Nagar Police Stations.

''With the installation of the cameras, we will be able to instill a sense of fear and phobia among those who indulge in eve-teasing as they will now be very well knowing that their every move is being watched and monitored and that will act as a good deterrent to their nefarious activities. I hope with this eve-teasing will see a drop of around 50-60 per cent on the campus in the near future,'' she optimised.

''We have begun with the north campus as the student concentration there is very strong, but I ardently hope the move will soon take wings and spread it to the south campus too. In the south campus, our first priority for a CCTV camera will be the secluded area near the Atma Ram Sanatan Dharam(ARSD) college,'' she said.

She said among other measures for tightening security on the campus a yellow alert team, consisting of 54 students, has been formed and soon more streetlights in and around the campus will also be installed.


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