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.