After Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and several Aam Aadmi Party leaders, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal Thursday met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh over lack of coordination between the Centre, state and Delhi Police, particularly on crimes against women.
“I had sought an appointment with the home minister because rapes are increasing in the national capital. The way minor girls are being harassed is very wrong. I have raised a few appeals with the minister and he has given me a positive response,” said Maliwal.
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She added, “Firstly, I believe there is no synergy or coordination between the Centre, state and Delhi Police. Therefore, there is a lack of a coordinated response in dealing with the issue of women’s safety. I suggested a forum should be set up in which the Lieutenant Governor, Minister Home Affairs, Chief Minister and DCW should meet at least twice a month. They should review whatever measures are being taken.”
In the 20-minute meeting with Singh, the DCW chief also raised the issue of fixing accountability of the police. “We have certain statistics like only 13 out of 4,000 complaints received by police through the Himmat app were acted upon and charge sheets are filed only in one-third cases and rest remain pending. Hence, there needs to be a mechanism to fix accountability of police,” she said. “As Rajnath Singh is the political head of Delhi Police, I raised all these issues with him and urged him to dedicate one day every week to women security issues.”
Maliwal also requested the Centre to immediately create 16,000 additional posts as requested by Delhi Police and recruit more women in the force. She expressed concern over a special task force (STF), formed under chairmanship of Union Home Secretary, on women’s safety in Delhi. “It is disturbing that despite the nation’s capital witnessing gruesome gang rapes of little girls, an emergency meeting of this task force was not convened. This situation needs to be rectified as at present, the STF appears to be a mere formality.”