Delhi police organise half-marathon for women's safety

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Delhi police organise half-marathon for women's safety

More than 15,000 participants from all sections of society participated in the run.

A day after the fifth anniversary of the Nirbhaya incident, Delhi Police organised a half-marathon in the heart of the city on Sunday on the theme of women's safety, called "Run for Laadli".

The event was organised with the support of an NGO and inaugurated by Union Home minister Rajnath Singh. The 21-km half-marathon started from Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and ended at Central Park in CP via India gate and Rajpath.

"The event has been organised with the aim to involve and inspire people to come out as saviours and raise their voices in favour of females as well as gender equality," Singh said.

More than 15,000 participants from all sections of society, including sports personalities, athletes, schoolchildren and some 2,500-odd Delhi Police personnel participated in the run.

Police officials also imparted self-defence training for women and schoolchildren to fight against crimes.

"We have taken several initiatives such as Sashakti, Parivartan, public facilitation desks, women PCR vans, Anti-Obscene Cell, Himmat app and women helpline desks to strengthen women's safety in Delhi. As a result, there has been a considerable drop in crime against women in 2017 as compared to 2016," said CP Amulya Patnaik.