New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday hit out at the Prime Minister’s Office and the L-G for “playing politics with women’s safety in Delhi”, after a 20-year-old was allegedly raped in a car in South Delhi.
“LG/PMO doing politics with women safety in Delhi. LG stopped salaries of all employees in DCW. Police become corrupt and ineffective under them,” he tweeted.
The rape survivor, a resident of Noida, was waiting for a bus near AIIMS on Wednesday evening when the accused Avneesh (28), driving a car with a Home Ministry sticker, offered to drop her and then sexually assaulted her.
The accused has been arrested and the chargesheet will be filed soon. “We will quickly file the chargesheet in the case. We will request that the trial take place in a fast-track court,” DCP(South) Ishwar Singh said.
Chairperson, National Commission for Women, Lalitha Kumaramangalam said it is time to stop finding faults and to hold authorities who make promises accountable.
“What is really necessary is to hold accountable those people who have given commitments. We can go on making promises but we have to start working on prevention. We need to stop finding fault with each other.”
She also said that different government agencies need to work together, adding that NCW will work along with DCW to develop a joint approach.
“NCW has taken cognisance of the case and has decided that it will intervene and try to get all the different players together including the MP, the MLA, LG’s office, police and DCW to see if a joint approach can be worked out.”
Delhi Commission for Women too appealed for the Centre to co-operate with Delhi government.
“The Delhi govt has been screaming for the past one and a half years. Delhi is suffering from bad politics and we want that the Center and the state work together in Delhi on the issue of women’s safety.”
Maliwal had also written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealing to him to listen to the “mann ki baat” of the women of Delhi and ensure that a high-level committee on women’s safety is set up.
She also stated that the women and girls of Delhi are paying the price of the tussle of governance between the Centre and the Delhi government. The LG had not yet convened a single meeting on women safety in the past year despite express instructions from the MHA, she claimed.