New Delhi Police chief wants to make city safe for women

New Delhi Police chief wants to make city safe for women

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Bhim Sain Bassi, the new Police commissioner of Delhi, has his priorities clear - he wants to make the national capital safe for women.

Bassi, who took over from outgoing chief Neeraj Kumar, said on Wednesday that he will work to ensure that a slew of new steps are being introduced to ensure that women feel safe at all times in the city.

“We have identified routes which are frequented by ladies or young girls. Special patrolling is being ensured along those routes,” Bassi said in an interview to Reuters India Insight.

The 57-year-old new police chief asserted that safety of women is one of the primary tasks which the Police have to shoulder because they (women) are the vulnerable segment of our society. “They are far more vulnerable than their male counterparts … We have to ensure that they feel safe and secure,”” he said.

Referring to the December 16 gang-rape incident which had shook the conscience of the city, Bassi said that the Delhi police have been conscious of the need to ensure the safety of women.

“...after the Dec 16 incident, a number of measures have been added … if you see of late, there is definitely a perception among women in Delhi that the police are doing a lot, and that needs to be reinforced by our action on the ground,” he added.

A 1977 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram-Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre, Bassi, 57, was the front-runner for the post.

Bassi has been the Special Commissioner of Police (Administration) and previously headed the Delhi Traffic Police and was also Goa's Director General of Police.

He has also been the Special Commissioner (Vigilance), Joint Commissioner (Southern range) and Additional Commissioner (Northern range).

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