Delhi Police has to improve functioning: Dikshit

Day after woman was shot dead, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit trained her guns on police saying force needs to improve its functioning to ensure better security environment for fairer sex in city.

New Delhi: A day after a young woman was shot dead, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday again trained her guns on police saying the force needs to improve its functioning to ensure better security environment for the fairer sex in the city.
"The police need to improve its functioning. They will have to be more alert to contain incidence of violence against women. I think training of police has to be improved," she said.

Dikshit was asked about the murder of a 25-year-old woman last night on the Ring Road in Sarai Kale Khan. The victim identified as Pooja was with her husband Mohan Prasad and she was shot dead allegedly by a "drunk" man when she objected to his misbehaviour.

The incident again raised questions on women`s security in the Capital less than three months after the brutal gang-rape case.

"The government can help, can alert people and will take action wherever required.The police also now have to be more alert. Around 20 to 22 lakh people move in Delhi metro and about 50 lakh people travel daily in buses. So, it comes to a total of around 70-72 lakhs commuters. To monitor it and to change the culture will take time," Dikshit said.

"We are making all efforts to ensure that an environment is created in Delhi where nobody feels unsafe," she said, emphasising on the need to improve policing.

Dikshit had recently sought the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s intervention to ensure better policing in Delhi, complaining that the force has failed to deliver on its promise to improve women`s safety after the December 16 gang-rape incident.

In a letter to Singh, Dikshit had said that situation remained unchanged as no visible improvement in policing was witnessed in the city in the last two months though police had assured enhanced security for women following the incident that sparked massive public outrage.

Delhi Commission for Women chairperson Barkha Shukla Singh said there was need for stringent laws and effective policing to ensure that that the city becomes a safe place for women.

"This is very unfortunate that criminals don`t have fear of law in their minds. There should be very strict laws so that the criminals know there is law which can get hold of them," she said.


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