BJP takes on Dikshit over law and order, crimes against women

The BJP Tuesday alleged that law and order is in a "mess" in the capital with women being the worst victims of crimes and accused Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit of "not realising" her responsibility.

Last Updated: Sep 28, 2010, 16:46 PM IST

New Delhi: The BJP Tuesday alleged that law
and order is in a "mess" in the capital with women being the worst victims of crimes and accused Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit of "not realising" her responsibility.

Addressing a protest demonstration of the women`s wing of
the BJP here, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma
Swaraj said that crime is on rise in the capital and women are
the worst victim of it due to "law and order mess".

More than 50 per cent crimes are committed against women.
Even if the crime is committed against men, women ultimately
become the victims, she added.

"Sheilaji wake from the slumber, understand your
responsibility, take notice of the situation seriously. The
police administration will work and provide protection to the
women, improve the law and order situation in Delhi, if you
realise your own responsibility," Swaraj said.

Everyday newspapers are flooded with news of incidents of
crime in the capital and Dikshit does not have any
realisation of her "own responsibility", she charged.

"Woman are looted, abducted, raped. Thieves barge into
house, make tea in the kitchen and drink before decamping with
cash and jewellery. I want to ask if there is any government
existing here," she said.

Swaraj alleged that when Dikshit is asked by newsmen
about the law and order situation, she gives statements like
"what can I do, if girls are themselves responsible (for
crimes against them)."

"Such statements indicate that you (Dikshit) want to
shrug off your responsibility," she said adding that women of
Delhi want that either Dikshit should quit her post or give
protection to them.

Swaraj claimed that when she became the Chief Minister of
Delhi for "a very few days", she had kept the same police
administration on their toes and controlled the law and order
problems which were at their peak then.
"How could it be made possible? I had not gone for fresh
recruitment of policemen. It was same police administration
which performed their duty promptly. The reason then was the
government`s will power that changed the scenario. Government
was then serious," she said.

BJP leaders and party workers, including women led by
Swaraj later courted arrest.
Swaraj claimed that women of the capital do not want such
a government which cannot protect them. "We will not let you
shrug off your responsibility," she said adding that BJP will
continue the "movement" till the government ensures protection
to women.

Addressing the agitators, senior BJP leader Venkaiah
Naidu said government has failed to control price rise and
give 33 per cent reservation to women in Parliament.

PTI