Sonia holds consultations on action plan against rape: Congress

Last Updated: Monday, April 22, 2013 - 20:37

New Delhi: Anguished over the rape of a five-year-old girl here, Congress president Sonia Gandhi is holding consultations to work out an action plan with quick response system to check such incidents.

Congress spokesperson Renuka Chowdhary said "we will come out with a future action plan...We are working to get a swift response system."

Noting that the govermnent moved with extra speed and brought legislative reforms after last December`s incident of gangrape here, the Congress spokesperson said it looks "that is not enough".

"Today, there is a call for more. Gandhi has reiterated that we need to talk less and do more. She is the guiding spirit behind all the changes, reforms that are happening...This is being addressed internally in the party. We will come out with a future action plan. Till then, I cannot elaborate," she said.

A leader, speaking separately on condition of anonymity, said the Congress President has talked to concerned authorities and is holding consultations with various groups on how to tackle such incidents.

Chowdhary`s remarks came a couple of days after Gandhi, while condemning the child rape incident, also gave a terse message to the authorities that "action and not words" are required to tackle such crimes.

Chowdhary, however, refused to specify what action Gandhi is keen on, saying this was being discussed within the party.

The Congress spokesperson also indicated that Delhi
Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar, under fire for a spurt in crimes against women, could continue and termed it as "personal opinion" the reported demand of another party spokesperson Sandip Dikshit that the state top cop should go.

"This could be his personal opinion. He said what he felt. What is there for me to say on it?...If it could be so simple that you remove some one and get the action, we would do it...But it is not so simple...The issue of resigning or not resigning is different...

"Will we always be looking for somebody else to take responsibility in all issues?...Are we going to give cops the right to peep into our houses all the time?...It is a collective responsibility that we all need to take," Chowdhary told reporters in response to a volley of questions inluding whether the Delhi Police Commissioner will be asked to resign.

She also said "chemical castration is one of the ways to check such incidents" but hastened to add that "no such opinion has been finalized at the party level".

"Many people have come out with suggestions on how do we tackle the issue that confront us. All the suggestions are being examined minutely to see how we get a swift response system," Chowdhary said.

PTI



First Published: Monday, April 22, 2013 - 20:37

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