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Soumya murder: Sheila in dock over remarks

Delhi CM came under attack from politicos and women activists for her comments on the murder of journalist Soumya Vishwanathan.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday came under attack from politicos and women activists for her comments on the murder of journalist Soumya Vishwanathan that ‘one should not be adventurous.’

Terming Dikshit’s observation as unwarranted, women activists have said the Chief Minister should instead ensure safety of citizens, particularly those working late hours.

“It is shocking to hear such a statement from the person who has a ‘women-friendly image.’ The murder of the girl in the late hours speaks volumes of the safety concerns of women,” activist Ranjana Kumari said.

Referring to Dikshit’s comment made soon after the murder of Soumya, Ranjana Kumari questioned the extent of safety of a person on such desolate roads where there is no police presence.

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“If not the State then on whom will the people depend for their safety,” she said.

The Opposition BJP too lashed out at Dikshit saying the ‘unwarranted’ quotes by her were a manifestation of her insensitivity to the security of Delhi’s citizens.

“It proves her insensitivity towards the security of the people living in Delhi. Instead of airing such unwarranted statements she should rather concentrate on improving the security scenario in the capital.”


“Being a lady herself one expected her to be a bit more sober in commenting on the killing of a young working woman,” party leader Vijay Kumar Malhotra said.

“India is a free country and everybody is free to do whatever they want to do. If Soumya was an adventurous girl, it was her choice,” Jai Panda, a Rajya Sabha member and Biju Janta Dal leader said.

First published on: 02-10-2008 at 09:17 IST
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