High-security New Delhi district not very safe for women: Audit

Delhi Police has flagged several findings in the latest security audit of New Delhi district, which has revealed that out of 585 closed-circuit television cameras (CCTVs) in the area, only 500 are working. The report also says there are 110 vulnerable spots in the highly secured New Delhi district. Sources in the Delhi Police said that the security audit was conducted recently under the supervision of Additional Deputy Commissioner (New Delhi district) Jatin Narwal and the police have identified several routes and roads considered unsafe for the safety and security of women. The audit found no proper streetlights on these dark stretches.

“The audit found that the highly secured Delhi’s diplomatic area was not very safe for women despite the entire area having round-the-clock security by the Delhi Police and other security forces. The Nehru Park and Buddha Jayanti Park are particularly vulnerable during odd hours,” a police officer said. Sources said around 50 CCTVs were not working in the posh South Avenue in Chankyapuri and North Avenue on Parliament Street. “Twenty-five CCTVs are not working in Tilak Marg area, while 10 CCTVs are not working in Connaught Place and Parliament Street area,” the officer said. The audit found that Tughlak Road, Aurangzeb Road, Niti Marg, Tolstoy Road and Pandara Road were not safe for women. “These are very vulnerable for women and, shockingly, the area behind 7 Race Course Road, the official residence of the Prime Minister, Panchsheel Marg, Kautilya Marg and Vinay Marg in the highly secured Lutyens’ zone have been identified as vulnerable spots,” the officer said.

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