NEW DELHI

Rising crime graph against women: BJP asks Centre to take steps

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday asked the Union Home Minister, Shivraj Patil, to take effective steps immediately to improve the worsening law and order situation in the Capital and instil confidence among the people, especially women who are feeing insecure under the present regime.

In a statement, Delhi BJP president Harsh Vardhan said the latest instance of a senior police officer sexually exploiting an innocent woman who had come to register a complaint was a very serious matter and it would only lead to erosion of faith among the people in the police. "It is unfortunate that a woman who had come to lodge a complaint became a victim of lust of the senior police officer. Every effort was made by the police to protect this officer and only after the matter became public and led to a hue and cry, was some action taken against the police officer."

Dr. Vardhan said continuing atrocities against women and the rise in incidents of rape in the Capital had made women insecure and they feared for their safety while venturing out.

Dr. Vardhan said with incidents like this, women would be afraid to even go to the police stations as such places are no longer safe.

He said criminal elements were committing crime with impunity and the police were looking the other way. Only recently criminals had kidnapped a woman in Mayapuri and raped her in a moving vehicle. Before this incident, another girl student was kidnapped and criminally assaulted in Dhaula Kuan.

A few days ago, a CRPF jawan teased a young woman in Mayur Vihar and then thrashed up her brother and other relatives. In Najafgarh, a teenage village woman was gang-raped by five persons including the driver and conductor of a bus. Even after all these incidents the police had failed to wake up and bring about a turn-around in the law and order situation in the Capital, he said.

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