Staff Reporter

Letters sent to Vice-Chancellor and Union Home Ministry

NEW DELHI: Members of United Students, a student group of Delhi University, has in letters sent to the Vice-Chancellor and Union Home Ministry made four specific recommendations on improving security for girls in the campus areas.

Coinciding with Raksha Bandhan, these recommendations have been termed a gift for girl students of the Delhi University by the group. "Security of girls is the greatest gift we can give them'', said Deepak Bora, a group member from North Campus.

Stressing the need for issuing identity cards to all persons frequenting the university areas, group members have expressed surprise that while students were expected to carry their I-cards at all times, the more susceptible population of migrant rickshaw pullers that are within the campus areas are not required to carry any permanent identity proof. "It is for this reason that we have also copied the recommendations to the Dean (Students Welfare) and the Home Ministry,'' Mr Bora said.

The group has also sought a battery bus operation in the campus for as per the group, a hop-on hop-off facility would completely do away with the need for rickshaws in the campus. This, the group said, would also make the campus safer and reduce the traffic congestion in the serene area.

Devika Malik, a representative of the group, who handed over the recommendations to the Vice-Chancellor's office for necessary consideration and action, said: "We believe that the Vice-Chancellor will see the innate logic of our suggestions and recommend further action. If a simple step like introducing hop-on hop-off battery buses on the campus can enhance the security of girls in the area so effectively, there can be no reason for objecting to its speedy implementation.''

Ishaan Wadhwa, a United Students member from the South Campus, said: "It is impossible for people to walk from Dhaula Kuan to the South Campus. Our survey shows that girls find this the most difficult and insecure part of the entire journey to and from college. These buses are not only required to save children the expense and time of hiring autorickshaws but they are badly needed for security of girls in the South Campus too.''

The group said it will also be calling on Delhi Transport Minister Haroon Yusuf to seek buses in North and South Campus. The group has also asked for positioning of a special police force called University Police with a large number of women officers in the campus areas.