Female guards at SPPU make the girls feel safer

Prajakta Joshi
Friday, 8 March 2019

“Roughly one-third of the security guards on campus are women, and we intend to increase the number in future,” Prafulla Pawar, Registrar, SPPU, informed Sakal Times.

Pune: “I feel safer since the university appointed lady guards at the ladies hostel. It’s comfortable to talk to them compared to the male security guards,” said Sonali Kakde, who lives in the ladies hostel of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU). As she enters the hostel gate giving a friendly nod to the lady guard. The warmth in their greeting is evident.

All the women in the SPPU campus have expressed happiness on the appointment of female guards.

“Roughly one-third of the security guards on campus are women, and we intend to increase the number in future,” Prafulla Pawar, Registrar, SPPU, informed Sakal Times.

“Girls feel that women guards will understand their problems and grievances much better. We are able to talk to them about our issues freely. Also, when there is any conflict inside the hostel, we can easily ask them to come to our rooms to help us. That was not possible when we had only men guards,” said Sonali, a student of the chemistry department.

The guards on duty also shared their experience with the campus girls to be a positive one.
Archana Bhosale who is a student of BSc BEd. at the university also pointed out that the number of boys loitering around the girls’ hostel has decreased since the new guards are stricter. This might have irked some girls though, a guard revealed.
 
“Some girls did not approve when last year we strictly followed the rule of banning the boys from hanging out in the hostel. It sometimes makes other girls uncomfortable, and so we told the girls that they cannot stand talking to their male friends right outside the hostel gate. Many girls were upset with us due to this, but we had to think about the majority,” she said.

It’s just a part of our duty, and we will keep doing it no matter how many frowned glances we get, she added with a smile.

“The performance of the lady guards has been very good. Our concern for the safety for women on campus has been duly addressed because of the lady squad. It has also increased the sense of security among women. They feel safer when they see lady guards at the nooks and corners of the university,” Pawar stated.

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