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Security personnel overpowering protesting students during a rally to demand justice for the gang rape victim, at India Gate, in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma
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Security personnel overpowering protesting students during a rally to demand justice for the gang rape victim, at India Gate, in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma

Heeding to suggestions from public, Government on Sunday agreed to fast track investigations into sexual offences like rape and increase policing that includes deployment of the force in plain clothes to instil sense of security in the capital.

During a meeting with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Union Minister of State for Home R.P.N Singh, the protesters who were outraged over the recent gang rape incident in South Delhi put forth 14 demands which were readily accepted by the Government.

Sources said the government also agreed to expand definition of sexual assault from eve-teasing to rape and acid attacks and strictest provision of the law for sexual assault.

They said the government agreed to fast track investigations into sexual offences like rape and increase policing that includes deployment of the force in plain clothes.

It was also agreed that patrolling by PCR vans needs to be strengthened and there would be punitive action against officials or personnel for delays in reaching the spot.

The sources also said the Government also agreed that citizen security officers would be deployed and there would be more lighting in public spaces, while CCTVs would be used adequately in specific areas relating to women’s safety.

The government also promised to protesters that GPS would be installed in public vehicles, while dedicated number for contacting police 100 should be recorded, on the lines of 911 in the US.

Dedicated round the clock women helpline, fast track courts, “day-to-day trial, rarest of rare punishment and 100 per cent justice in this case in shortest possible time” are the other suggestions which were agreed to.


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In Congress dictionary, the word 'fast track' means no action at all. Check their fast track history.

from:  anap
Posted on: Dec 24, 2012 at 00:31 IST

Though the primary duty of the police is to maintain law and order by way of providing safety and security to the people, the officials, on the other hand, concentre fully on providing safety and security to the VIPs, that is to say the rulers. Since the department deploy more force to ‘guard’ the VIPs, whenever we witness crimes, the stock reply is lack of manpower. Whenever the VIPs move around, the department makes no mistake in making available enough personnel throughout the path. But when it comes to providing safety and security to the people, the department does not have enough manpower. Police patrolling is a must to bring down the crime rate. The department, realizing its responsibility, must make available enough personnel to guard the public. The rulers must also understand the seriousness and allow the police personnel to their real job. If the rulers take a different view and police officials end up providing security to the former, well, people will have to....

Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 21:56 IST

Please dont give a wrong depiction of the picture above by Sushil Kumar
Verma... It is clearly evident from the that the students(?) are not
being overpowered by the security personnel but, they are being forcibly
removed from the location because the protestors would not budge despite

from:  S.K.Pinmgua
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 20:37 IST

I suggest the government of the day and the political leaders seriously look into the root cause for the increase in rape cases. According to me the main reasons are the vulgarity in the films which are screened in every home in the country, and the kind of dresses the ladies and girls wear exposing every part of their bodies. God has created man with sexual instinct which gets aroused when he sees all this, which some people control and some cannot and thus resort to these crimes. The only alternative now left open to us is either to allow our sisters and mothers to be raped by these people, or introduce stricter Islamic laws to curb this vulgarity in the name of art and culture and to curb the indecency in wearing clothes by women and girls, and introduce harshest punishments for such crimes. Surely, Islam has the solution for this, and slowly we seem to be moving towards Islamic laws and one day or the other, we will be forced to adopt these laws in their entirety.

from:  Abdulkarim Bakhar
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 20:05 IST

Though the Govt was aware of the innumerable rapes & gang rapes taking place in the Nation,it is the righteous indignation of the people of Delhi that opened the eyes of the authorities!!!The continuous protests for three days have unnerved the govt & they have now agreed to form Fast Track courts to try the culprits & give stringent punishment!! Courts have been requested to pronounce decrees quickly!Sonia has met the protesters & directed the PM & HM to expedite trial & punishment for the culprits!!Voice of the people is the Voice of God!!This gang rape is a blot on the face & image of our nation!!!

from:  krishnamurthyyayavaram
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 19:46 IST

How many promises? How many fast tracks?

from:  Prof.A.Prabaharan
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 19:29 IST

What kind of Govt. is this, its brains click only after damage is done and lives are lost. What is the use of installing Fire extinguishers after the hose is burnt ? Is there governance in the country or our elected representatives are waiting for the opportunity to loot ? The people need to change this depressing system.

from:  Lawrence
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012 at 19:19 IST
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