Civil activists raise women`s safety issue with Delhi CM
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Last Updated: Friday, December 03, 2010, 19:58
New Delhi: A group of civil activists, including those representing the Northeast, met Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Friday to raise concerns over safety of women in the capital and register their protest on police's lack of proactive action.

The delegation also asked the chief minister to make a statement on the latest case of abduction and rape of a Mizo BPO employee that shook the capital last week.

Dikshit has called another meeting with the activists and NGOs at her residence tomorrow in which she will be joined by Delhi Police representatives to discuss the issue of safety of women in the city.

"We have a list of concerns and suggestions which we want to raise in tomorrow's meeting," said Madhu Chandra, of the North East Support Centre after the meeting.

The main issue the delegation raised today and will again figure tomorrow is the fact that the Delhi Police though genuinely concerned is only reactive in its actions rather than being pro-active, he said.

"Whenever such incidents happen, they raise the bar and are seen taking measures but they tend to forget it after some time," Chandra said.

He welcomed the police's move to check the functioning of BPO vans but said the checking should be on a regular basis throughout the year, rather than for a fixed period of time.

Police yesterday announced that they have nailed the culprits of the Dhaula Kuan rape incident and said they would ask BPOs to enforce strict safety measures while dropping their women staff.

The delegation members said there was also a need to publicise the dedicated helpline number for women.

They said that their pending demand for a dedicated helpline for women from the Northeast is also yet to be addressed.

Chandra said they will also ask the CM to ensure that the culprits in the Dhaula Kuan case are booked under the SC/ST (Prevention of) Atrocities Act of 1995 which will not only ensure a stricter punishment, but will also make the victim eligible for a compensatory government job.

The delegation today comprised of representatives of the North East Support Centre, Jagori, and the Northeast Network, among others.


First Published: Friday, December 03, 2010, 19:58

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