Majority of women in the Capital feel unsafe: Malhotra

Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijay Kumar Malhotra on Monday questioned why no mention was made of the December 16 gang-rape case or the action taken on it in the Lieutenant-Governor’s Address to the House on the opening day of the Budget session.

Responding to the Motion of Thanks on the L-G’s Address, which was moved by Congress MLAs Narender Nath and Naseeb Singh last week, Prof. Malhotra said: “The gang-rape case shook the entire nation and questioned the law and order situation in the Capital. Yet, not a word has been spoken nor any mention made of action taken.”

Quoting statistics to show that the majority of women feel unsafe in the city, he said: “The Chief Minister herself has said that her daughter feels unsafe in Delhi. How is it a world class city then?”

Prof. Malhotra also accused Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit of recommending one month parole to two convicts, Harpreet Singh and Duli Chand, both serving sentences on rape charges. “The L-G rejected the parole in both cases,” he said.

Calling the Congress Government “most corrupt and most anti-people”, the senior BJP leader touched upon a wide range of issues such as the law and order in the Capital, regularisation of unauthorised colonies and water and power crisis.

He expressed disappointment that little action has been taken to clean the Yamuna despite several orders from the Supreme Court to do so. “A substantial amount of money has been spent on cleaning the river but nothing has come of it,” he said.

In response to Prof. Malhotra’s corruption allegations, Ms. Dikshit said: “Don’t provoke us. You don’t have your facts correct. Your address is in response to the LG’s speech so let’s not get into this.”

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