A day after he renewed his demand for control over Delhi Police following two cases of minor girls being raped in the capital, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said unlike his predecessor Sheila Dikshit he will not be silent while crimes against women are perpetrated.
“The prime minister must understand that I am not Sheila Dikshit. I will not remain quiet. If women don’t feel safe in Delhi and if rapes continue, we will not let the PM sleep peacefully,” said Kejriwal after his meeting with Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung Sunday afternoon to discuss law and order in Delhi.
Lashing out at the Centre, Kejriwal said there was “jungle-raj” all over Delhi ever since the Modi government had taken charge. “You (Modi) don’t have the time. Stop being stubborn and hand over police to the Delhi government for one year. If we are not successful in reducing crime in Delhi then you can take police back from us. If not all of Delhi, give us control over the trans-Yamuna part of it. You can keep one side of the Yamuna and all the VIP areas with yourself. Just give us control over the other side for one year…,” said Kejriwal.
Kejriwal said his Cabinet will meet Monday to discuss various measures that his government can take to improve women’s security in Delhi.
He added that he met Jung, armed with crime records of the last four years. He said that while 31,000 crimes against women were recorded, chargesheets were filed only in 13,000 cases while only 146 accused had been brought to book. He claimed that the ‘Himmat’ App launched by police had adequately addressed only 13 of about 4,000 complaints received.
“There is no democratic control on Delhi Police, which is very dangerous for a democratic country,” said Kejriwal. He added that police had failed to instill the fear of law in the minds of criminals. “Rapists know they can commit crimes and get away with them,” he said. “What kind of security do we have if a child is picked up at a Ramlila programme?”
On August 3, the Delhi legislative assembly held a special session to discuss issues pertaining to women’s safety and security in the capital. The assembly had passed a resolution to set up a commission of inquiry to look into unheeded complaints of crimes against women.
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