The shocking incident of a Delhi University girl being shot dead in broad daylight on Tuesday near her college in Dhaula Kuan evoked concern from members in both Houses of Parliament about safety and security of women in the capital.

Voicing concern over the increase in cases of crime against women, MPs on Wednesday demanded a statement from the government.

As soon as the Lok Sabha assembled for the day, Shahnawaz Hussain of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) raised the matter, pointing out that a girl student was shot dead during peak hours in the city.

The BJP leader said that even Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had expressed concern over the increasing number of incidents of violence and attack against women.

“The national capital has become unsafe for women. All newspapers and the electronic media have described Tuesday's incident as ‘shameful.' The law and order situation is so bad that women cannot come out. We demand that the Union Home Minister make a statement on it,” Mr. Hussain said.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs in the Prime Minister's Office V. Narayanasamy said he would convey the concerns of the member to Home Minister P. Chidambaram.

In the Rajya Sabha, Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley asked the government to make a statement on the issue. The matter was raised by Maya Singh (BJP) during Zero Hour. She said crime against women had seen a steep rise in Delhi and the police and administrative machinery had failed to control it.

Stating that Ms. Dikshit had said her administration was not responsible for controlling crime, she sought to know who was responsible for a situation where eight women fell victim to various crimes every day.

Women's safety and security was at stake and criminals were operating in an organised manner, escaping from the clutches of law, she said.

As per National Crime Record Bureau's latest data, crime against women has increased by 4 per cent in 2010 compared to the previous year and parents no longer feel secure to send their daughters even to schools and colleges, Ms. Singh said.

“Seven out of 10 women have no faith in the police machinery,” she said, demanding that the Home Minister initiate measures to check crime against women.

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