New system to locate distress callers

New Delhi, Feb. 8 -- A special task force headed by home secretary RK Singh has decided to create a system to give the police the precise location of a distress call.

The decision to approach the telecom authorities for a mechanism that provides the location of the mobile tower and the caller in distress was taken at the second meeting of the task force - set up in the wake of mid-December's brutal gang rape in Delhi - last week.

This measure will help the police reach a caller in distress faster, a home ministry statement said.

The statement, however, did not indicate if the police had been able to meet the February 1 deadline for completing police verification of the bus crew hired for school buses as was decided at the first meeting in January.

It also did not indicate the progress made by the Delhi government's transport department to reverify existing bus permits.

Instead, it merely pointed that issues of photo I-card for public service vehicle crew, CCTV/web-cam at parking and shopping malls, verification of school bus staff, vulnerable bus routes and street-lighting were reviewed.

The statement said Delhi Police had confirmed that the emergency number 100 had been revamped and the number of lines increased from 60 to 100 lines.

The task force had decided to merge the helpline 1091 for women in distress and the anti-stalking helpline number 1096.

It took note of the report that only 1,407 bus stops of a total of 4627 were properly lit. Another 288 bus stops will have lighting arrangements by the month-end.

The Delhi Police were also told to crack down on public vehicles violating the conditions of displaying name, photograph of driver and staff inside the buses.

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.

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