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In standoff, AAP govt calls special session on crimes against women

The decision comes days after the murder of a 19-year-old girl in central Delhi prompted the Arvind Kejriwal-led government to demand control over the Delhi Police.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: July 22, 2015 4:06 am
arvind kejriwal, Delhi police, narendra modi, aap government, women security, aam aadmi party delhi government, delhi girl rape, delhi law and order, Delhi  news Supporters of AAP protest against the recent murder of a teenage girl, near Anand Parbat police station in central Delhi on Tuesday. (Source: PTI photo)

Amid yet another standoff with the Centre, this time on the issue of control over the Delhi Police, the AAP government on Tuesday decided to hold a special assembly session on July 28 to discuss the issue of women’s safety.

The decision comes days after the murder of a 19-year-old girl in central Delhi prompted the Arvind Kejriwal-led government to demand control over the Delhi Police, claiming that the law and order situation in the city was deteriorating.

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“Meenakshi was stabbed 32 times in broad daylight. Her death was bone-chilling. Many such crimes against women are taking place in Delhi. Women are being teased and assaulted. If they file complaints, they are not inquired into. The 185th report of the parliamentary standing committee on home affairs has criticised the Delhi Police for being insensitive to women and not filing FIRs. The government has therefore decided to hold a special session of the assembly and propose the setting up of the commission,” Sisodia said.

The Cabinet has also decided to take up a resolution to set up a commission of inquiry to look into the complaints of crimes against women, especially cases in which appropriate action was not taken by the authorities.

The inquiry commission will look into the action that can be taken in complaints of crimes against women, said Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. The panel will also check whether any amendments in CrPC were necessary, if any action was to be taken against officials for gross negligence or collusion and measures to be taken to expedite these cases. It will also recommend ways to effectively implement the recommendations of the Justice Verma Committee.

The Cabinet’s decision comes a day after CM Arvind Kejriwal met Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi and sought a list of cases of crimes against women and the action taken in these cases. Bassi, however, refused to provide the information.

“Meenakshi’s family had approached the police several times with complaints against the accused.The family had made a written complaint to the police in 2013 and subsequently made several complaints on the phone. However, the police is alleged not to have taken appropriate action on those complaints. If the police had acted effectively on earlier complaints, it is felt that the murder could have been avoided,” the Delhi government said in a statement.

 

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    CoolVader
    Jul 22, 2015 at 4:54 am
    Kejriwal needs to create his own police force from his Delhi fund allocations.
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      CoolVader
      Jul 22, 2015 at 4:59 am
      People here are trying to compare AK with Sheila Dixit that he unfairly blamed Sheila when she was CM and said she does not control police. But the fact is that Sheila (being part of the center) did informally control the police. One snap of her fingers and the police would be immediately deplo where ever she wanted. That is not the case for AK. Hence, for Sheila to say that she did not control the police was plain hypocrisy since she had in fact, been given control over Delhi police, even if not on paper.
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        Anthony
        Jul 21, 2015 at 8:27 pm
        kejriwal is ensuring that law and order problems of Delhi reflect on BJP & Modi. BJP can do two things ensure 100% police patrol and take credit for it in which case AAP will be checkmated. It is a political game pla out by AAP to discredit BJP, but it is also right because BJP is having a field day with no worries on deteriorating law and order situation in the capital
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          Raje
          Jul 22, 2015 at 12:09 am
          this kejri is # 1 haram...khor. When Shiela was CM, he blamed and tweeted against Shiela regarding rape and such cases... Today he is CM and he conveniently pes the buck (shoves it off) to PM... Not sure how he even ped IAS, his language and behavior is so cheap. He has no respect for his position as CM, PM or Police or IAS officers
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            TIHAEwale
            Jul 22, 2015 at 10:36 am
            yes it is high time Akela Arvind consuted panel comes out amendments in CrPC so that action can be taken against officials for gross negligence or collusion and measures to be taken to expedite these cases.
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