Will resign a thousand times if it solves the problem: Police chief

Rejecting calls for his resignation in the wake of the rape of a five-year-old girl,Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar on Monday said,“If my resigning will prevent such depraved action of society,then I am ready to resign a thousand times... but that is not going to address the problem.”

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 23, 2013 12:17 am

Rejecting calls for his resignation in the wake of the rape of a five-year-old girl,Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar on Monday said,“If my resigning will prevent such depraved action of society,then I am ready to resign a thousand times… but that is not going to address the problem.”

“The problem is one of mental depravity,of psychopathy,and of mental sickness and that is not going to be sorted out by anyone resigning,” Kumar told a press conference.

When a reporter said there were demands for his resignation,Kumar said he had a counter-question: “If you do some wrong reporting,does your editor resign?”

“Is it humanely possible for police to prevent a case like this when somebody lures a girl into a room. Rapes are opportunistic crimes confined to private spaces. Ninety-seven per cent of rapes are committed in houses. Only three per cent of rapes are committed by strangers,” he said.

Underlining that complaints from women were not being ignored,Kumar said: “Registration of rapes have increased by 158.66 per cent (this year till April 15),molestation by 600 per cent and eve-teasing by 783.67 per cent. This shows that the tendency earlier of dissuading women complainants has dramatically changed post-December 16 (gangrape).”

An analysis of the data over two years of cases of crimes against women revealed that in 2013,from January till April 15,there were 178 cases of rape by a friend or a lover. In 2012,this figure was 182. There have been 10 cases of rape by fathers till April 15. In 2012,the number of such cases was 17.

He said 85 per cent of rape cases this year had been worked out while solving of molestation and eve-teasing cases stood at 86 per cent and 95.8 per cent.

The Commissioner said they were looking into the allegation that police personnel offered Rs 2,000 to the parents of the child to hush up the case. He said the personnel were yet to be identified. He admitted that they did not act the way they should have.

“The main allegation was of Rs 2,000 given by two personnel,one in plainclothes and the other in uniform,to the father of the child to hush up the matter. Unfortunately,the girl’s father is too tied up in hospital and is unable to come to the police station and identify those two persons. Our own efforts to identify them have not succeeded yet,” he said,adding that he would take all the personnel of the police station to AIIMS for identification if the father were to say so.

He said a departmental inquiry was on and “exemplary action” would be taken against those found lax. “We will make an example of the erring police officers who have not responded or not reacted in the manner in which they are expected,” he said.

Describing the incident as “horrific”,Kumar said there had been several allegations about the conduct of police following the incident and he did not lose time in suspending the ACP who was seen slapping a protester.

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