Don`t be just mute spectators, Dikshit to civil society

Last Updated: Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 18:28

New Delhi: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit
on Thursday rued the indifferent attitude of passersby when a 21-
year-old college girl was shot dead in broad day light here
and asked the civil society to raise its voice and not remain
mute spectators to such incidents.

Asking people and civil society to play a "responsible
role" in ensuring safety of women in the city, Dikshit
expressed shock that not a single person had come forward to
help Radhika Tanwar after she received bullet injuries in the
crowded area near Dhuala Kuan.

"It was not an isolated place. So many people were
there. But none of them either raised voice or came forward to
take her to a hospital. It is extremely unfortunate that
everybody present there kept their eyes shut and she was taken
to hospital only after police van had reached," said Dikshit.

Tanwar, a second-year degree student, was killed
outside her college in Dhaula Kuan`s Shantiniketan area on
Tuesday by a man, who is believed to have been stalking her
for sometime.

Holding that civil society`s indifferent attitude to
the incident was really a matter of concern, Dikshit said only
police should not be held responsible for such incidents.

"People who were present at the spot shut their eyes,
saying it doesn`t matter to me and I am not concerned. This is
unfortunate.

"Police should not be held responsibility alone. It is
a collective responsibility of police as well as civil society
to ensure safety of women in the city," Dikshit, who had
yesterday blamed police for deteriorating law and order
situation, said.

Delhi Police had also expressed its dismay
that no one who was present at the scene has come forward as
witness to the incident.

Dikshit had yesterday met the family of Tanwar at
Naraina village and assured the family of the girl that her
government will do the needful so that the family gets
justice.

The Police Commissioner has earlier said Delhiites do
not react sharply to incidents of molestation and eve-teasing
like Mumbaikars or Kolkatans.

Gupta had said active cooperation of public is of
"paramount importance" since police presence may not be
available at all places where such incidents occur.

"As compared to Mumbai and Kolkata where citizens
sharply react to any incident of molestation of eve-teasing,
such reactions are totally lacking or missing on the part of
citizens of Delhi who have a vital role to play in preventing
harassment to the women travelling in the city," Gupta had
said.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 18:28

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