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Aam Aadmi Party govt to discuss women’s security in Delhi Assembly today


New Delhi: Amid its standoff with the Delhi Police, the AAP government will discuss threadbare the issue of women security and propose setting up of a Commission of Enquiry to probe alleged police inaction in cases of sexual harassment, during a special session of the Assembly on Tuesday.

The Delhi Cabinet last week had decided to present the proposal in the Assembly to set up the Commission to probe those cases which were not investigated despite introduction of a stringent anti-rape law in February 2013.

The decision to hold the Special Session of the Assembly came amid escalating confrontation between the AAP government and the Delhi Police following brutal murder of 19-year-old girl in Anand Parbat area on July 16.

The AAP government has been accusing the police of taking the case “lightly”, saying her life could have been saved if her complaint against the accused was taken seriously.

It had said the Commission of Enquiry, to be set up under the Commission of Inquiry Act, will receive complaints from victims of sexual harassment or stalking or voyeurism in whose cases appropriate action has not been taken, since February 2013 when the new law was introduced.

The Commission is likely to be asked to suggest amendments to CrPC, if any required, on the basis of the complaints and recommend if action ought to be taken against officers in cases of “gross negligence or collusion”.

The Delhi Police and AAP government were on a collision course.

Last week, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had said Delhi has become a “police state” while accusing the police of “mercilessly” beating up AAP workers during a protest in Anand Parbat area on July 21.

Bassi had retaliated by saying that it would be a “very unfortunate” day in the history of the capital if the Delhi Police comes under the city government and that its functioning under the Centre’s jurisdiction was “perfect”.

The AAP has been pressing for bringing the Delhi Police under the city government.

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