July 12, 2015 1:40:46 am
While the AAP demanded the resignation of Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi over the alleged rape of a 23-year-old domestic help by a police officer, the BJP said the AAP needed to try and establish fast-track courts for such crimes.
Meanwhile, the Congress demanded “regular gender sensitisation workshops” for government officials and police, while stressing on the need for immediate action.
The confrontation between the Delhi Police and the AAP continued, with AAP leader Ashish Khetan alleging that the incident reflected police’s priorities. “This is a serious issue. Law and order is crumbling in Delhi. The crime graph has increased by 100 per cent and incidents of rape are also on the rise. If a policeman is himself involved in rape, then it reflects the priority of police… on the one hand, they are indulging in arresting AAP men and, on the other hand, their men are involved in heinous crimes. I think Bassi should resign,” he said.
Two AAP MLAs have been arrested by the Delhi Police in the past month in different forgery cases. While former law minister Jitender Singh Tomar was arrested in a fake degree case, Kondli MLA Manoj Kumar is in police custody in another cheating case.
The BJP, on the other hand, congratulated Bassi on taking a strong stand against the accused officer and said the onus lay on the Delhi government to take steps to prevent such cases. “We are happy that Bassi did not wait for the inquiry report to take action. The government should ensure that fast-track courts be opened soon,” BJP spokesperson Harish Khurana said.
The Congress said crimes against women by those “whose job is to protect and enforce the law” hits the “collective conscience” of society and demanded that both the government and law enforcement agencies “wake up” and take action.
“Rape is no longer shoved under the carpet and the gravity and implication of such a crime is there in the forefront of public consciousness. In spite of that, crimes against women are actually increasing in Delhi. The government and law enforcement agencies should wake up and act fast. Regular gender sensitisation workshops should be made mandatory for police and all government officials,” Congress chief spokesperson Sharmistha Mukherjee said.
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