New Delhi, Feb 26: Women safety and security has been an achilles heel for every government in Delhi, including Congress and the BJP.
Till now, it has been a field day for the nefarious elements who don't think twice before torturing the women folk on Delhi roads. In past, the national capital was termed as rape capital because of rising number of cases against women in the city.
But it looks like in the regime of newly elected Aam Aadmi Party things will definitely improve.
Reportedly, the Delhi Police has launched ‘Himmat' Whatsapp and Hike groups for women safety that will assist the force to effectively communicate with women in need of help. The women in distress can access the facility on mobile number 8800001091.
Women travelling by public transport can now send photographs and other details of the vehicle to the police before boarding it. "Women in Delhi can now send us photos/details of the taxi/auto they are boarding and other details. This will boost their confidence and serve as a deterrent for errant drivers. Women can also send distress messages during emergencies," Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi said.
The details could be sent in the following format: passenger name, boarding vehicle (TSR/Cab/Taxi), from --- to --- and the vehicle's registration number.
The number is integrated with the PA-100 system and if a emergency is reported on the group, the nearest PCR MPV will be rushed to the spot, police said.
The Delhi Police chief also said that they have urged both the Centre and State governments to introduce self defence programme for girls in school curriculum.
"We are taking the self-defence programme very seriously. Last year we imparted training to around 17,000 girls. This year our aim is to train more than one lakh girls.
"We have already trained 15,000 girls so far this year and we have requested both the Centre and State governments to make self defence training compulsory for girls from class third and fourth onwards," he said.
More than 30,000 users are availing the ‘Himmat' mobile application which lets women send SOS signals to alert Delhi police control room. And, 5,360 have registered themselves with the Delhi Police, he said.
"In all, total 1,589 SOS messages were received out of which 1,029 were from Delhi," said Bassi.
The app, which is currently available only on android platforms, will soon be made available on iOS and Windows smartphones.
"Those who donot have a smartphone can call police the police on the 1091 helpline. Last year, we received 72,930 calls on the women helpline," he said.
(With inputs from PTI)