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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2964

Women don’t feel safe in Delhi, admits CM Sheila Dikshit

From R. Vasudevan—Reporting from New Delhi
New Delhi, 07 February ( :

Women do not feel safe in Delhi, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit frankly admitted on Wednesday.

"Women don't feel safe in Delhi. Fears have risen. I'm shocked to learn about the Lajpat Nagar attempted rape case. It's a big setback for us," she said referring to the rape bid on a 19-year-old woman on Tuesday.

The Class 9 student fought off the rape bid in her own house by an electricity contractor, who thrust an iron rod into her throat to quell her cries for help. The accused has been arrested. However, the Chief Minister promised to do everything possible to provide safety to women.

"My government will do everything possible to provide a conducive atmosphere for the women in the city," Dikshit said.

But Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Brinda Karat criticised Dikshit. "It is clear that women in Delhi are insecure. The CM minister is speaking the truth. But it is surely not enough. What is her responsibility as chief minister?

"Women's security issues have become political football between central and state government. Chief minister blames Delhi Police; central government defends police. It's a shame."

A day after a man shoved an iron rod into a young girl's throat while trying to rape her, the Chief Minister trained her guns on police again. " There is no feeling of security. What had happened yesterday in Lajpat Nagar is shocking. The incident has raised our worries," Dikshit said.

In a shocking incident, the 26-year-old man working with a local power distribution company allegedly assaulted the young girl brutally by shoving an iron rod into her mouth when she resisted his attempt to rape her.

Police has arrested the man. The girl has been admitted to a private hospital where her condition was stated to be critical.

Dikshit said "When we talk about security, we know police is there. But there is no satisfaction about security which should be there," the Chief Minister said.

Dikshit had been critical of functioning of police and even demanded the resignation of Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar in the aftermath of the December 16 gang-rape.

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