New Delhi: In the backdrop of the brutal rape of a 23-year-old paramedical student in the city, the Indian Women`s Press Corps on Wednesday met Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and demanded systemic and institutional interventions to check the rising crimes against women in the capital.
A four-member delegation of the IWPC comprising president T K Rajalakshmi, general secretary Mannika Chopra, vice president Shobhna Jain and senior columnist Neerja Chowdhury met the CM and submitted a memorandum regarding increasing crimes against women in the city.
"The sheer impunity with which crimes against women in the capital and elsewhere is being perpetrated cannot be tolerated by any civilised society any longer. The overall atmosphere in the capital is one where women feel very insecure at all times, day and night," IWPC said in its memorandum.
The delegation also pointed out specific vulnerabilities faced by all women including women in the media who worked at odd hours of the day.
"Crime data shows that among all metros, Delhi ranks as the most unsafe for women and leads in the crimes listed as IPC crimes in the country. For the majority of women who rely on public transport, the risks remain much greater. In the absence of safe and secure forms of transport at all times, the dependence on unregulated private forms of transport has gone up increasing the risks for women at all times," the delegation pointed.
Dikshit assured the IWPC members that the matter of growing attacks on women would be taken up seriously.
She said that greater social awareness campaigns, regulation of the private transport system, strengthening of public transport, special public transport for women, more helplines specifically for women and children were issues that could be taken up.
Expressing concern about the rising crime graph in Delhi, Dikshit said that "short term as well as long term measures" were required to tackle the situation.
Meanwhile, the CM said that the victim was receiving the best treatment and efforts to rehabilitate her would also be undertaken.