CM Kejriwal backs vigilante ministers, warns police

Kejriwal warned that his government and people of Delhi will not remain mute spectators in case police functioning does not improve.

New Delhi | Updated: January 16, 2014 10:07 pm
"After a rape takes place, then we demand immediate arrest of the culprits. But that is not sufficient. Why would rapes happen in the first place"? Kejriwal said. (Express Photo) “After a rape takes place, then we demand immediate arrest of the culprits. But that is not sufficient. Why would rapes happen in the first place”? Kejriwal said. (Express Photo)

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Thursday backed his ministers Somnath Bharti and Rakhi Birla whose actions bordered on vigilantism and accused the Delhi Police of being “compromised”.
He warned the police that the Delhi government and citizens would not remain mute spectators after the police refused to give in to demands from the ministers that appeared to violate due process.
“Delhi Police is highly compromised. If accountability of Delhi Police is not fixed, then crime and rape incidents will never go down,” Kejriwal told reporters, with Bharti sitting on one side of him and Birla on the other.
“After a rape takes place, then we demand immediate arrest of the culprits. But that is not sufficient. Why should rapes happen in the first place?”
The CM cited two instances that involved Bharti and Birla on Wednesday night. After allowing his Cabinet ministers time to voice their concerns, Kejriwal said, “We demand the immediate suspension of the erring SHOs of Sagarpur and Malviya Nagar station. I am meeting the lieutenant governor tomorrow along with the commissioner of police and I will tell them our stand in the strongest words possible.”
Asked if the ministers were not overzealous in their demands considering the police had not conducted an investigation, Kejriwal said, “The police claimed the ministers were interfering with their work. How is this possible? There was proof of a drug racket and the police took no action. When you see a crime happening, you tell the police and expect them to act. This is what happened. Ms Birla tried to help a dowry harassment victim and Mr Bharti tried to shut down a drug and sex racket.”
Kejriwal also said that drug and sex rackets were the root causes of rape.
“This is where rape and such tendencies start from,” he said.
Kejriwal said the incidents that Bharti and Birla referred to highlighted how the Delhi Police functioned.
“These two incidents have been an eyeopener for us. Isse pata chalta hain, ki Dilli police, bhagwan bharose kaam karti hain (God only knows how the Delhi Police works, considering these incidents)”.

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  1. I
    Indian
    Jan 16, 2014 at 4:59 pm
    In this Kejriwal is absolutely right. Police should have zero toleration policy towards all criminal acts, if they send a strong message, breaking any law will not be tolerated, the big acts would disappear, it is the same people committing the small and big criminal acts. This what happened in New York, learn from others.
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  2. I
    Indian
    Jan 16, 2014 at 5:05 pm
    You are wrong. We need many players not just one to form government for 1.2 billion people.
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    Aravind Nair
    Jan 16, 2014 at 4:59 pm
    Sir, With all due respect, where people are mindlesss who run around during the nights looking for poor defenseless woman toravage. Where a father rapes his own daughters. Where foreign visitors aremolested and raped and our countries name is being thrown to the dogs. Youcan't blame a handful of police men standing in the cold.It’s us, it’s the people and our education our culture ourupbringing our mind set and our environment who are to be blamed not thepolice, they are also human beings. Stop becoming a politician. Don't get intoany blame game like your predecessors. I am also a common man like anybody; Iam neither affiliated to the police man nor to any political party. I am yourvoter only and let me tell you I hate opening the newspaper in the morningthese days. Today i read a Danish Visitor got raped in the capital city and youblame the Police. Its US sir the FAULT is with us. We have become the worst ofUS.
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    Bedi
    Jan 17, 2014 at 4:17 am
    Now that those women have been found to be drug free they should do the cavity search on Somanth Bharti and Rakhi Birla
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    Chandra Jay
    Jan 16, 2014 at 5:03 pm
    Someone in Delhi ,who has literary talent, should keep his/her eyes and ears open for things to happen in the immediate future; situations becoming anarchic enough for an Indian version of Dr Zhivago ..
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    Nanda
    Jan 16, 2014 at 4:50 pm
    Rapes happen coz Indian men are starved. And why are Indian men starved, thanks to the Victorian culture left by British and the confused hybrid of extra conservative barbaric mughal culture. If Indians had sta on the way we were 1000 years back, we'd all be better. And NO SIR, cov ering up and locking up women was NOT the culture back then. Thats british and muslim culture which Indians now believe was ancient Indian culture. You want proof read mythology and watch statues in temples.
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    concernedcitizen
    Jan 16, 2014 at 5:24 pm
    Well said.
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    concernedcitizen
    Jan 16, 2014 at 5:31 pm
    its ironic how you ask to read mythology for "Proof". But yes, i agree about the temples. The solution isn't going back, it is going forward. Education, openness, equal status for men and women everywhere and more awareness are the key stepping stones. Not hypocrisy or overly positive dreams about a forgotten culture.
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