Kejriwal has failed to ensure women’s safety: Women activists

New Delhi/Kolkata, [India] Mar. 13 : Condemning the gang-rape in Delhi's Pandav Nagar area, where a woman from Nepal was allegedly molested by five men, the women activists on Monday said that the Delhi Government has failed to ensure the safety of women.

"Delhi does not have a good reputation when it comes to safety and security of girls. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal promised that his party will work in the area of security and safety of the society.

He has failed to do so," Former Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Barkha Shukla Singh told ANI. She added that the security of women is a vital issue, both for Delhi and the Central Government. "Whether the woman was hired or not this has to be probed. The question is why still women are not safe in the city, be it bus, metro or anywhere on the street. Where are those CCTVs and commandos which Kejriwal promised to provide for the safety issues?" she asked.

She further said that in this developing era, such cases would discourage women to take bold steps. "In Goa and Punjab Kejriwal has seen the reactions of the people, at least now he should start working on this issue," Singh added.

Echoing similar sentiments, another women activist Saswati Ghosh said north-east people would lose their confidence as they are exploited.

"Incidentally, she not an Indian woman but a Nepalese, but she has an extreme look-alike with northeast people.

Generally northeast people are taken to be quite simple and that they can be taken for any kind of exploitation, which is very disappointing," Ghosh said.

She added that there has to be an exemplary punishment against the culprits. "Whenever we visit any northeast region, we can hear people say "You Indians!", which shows that they do not feel like a part of this country," she asserted.

She further said that there is a law and order problem in Delhi. Omvir Bishnoi, DCP (East Delhi) said that an emergency response vehicle was sent with man power and they immediately admitted the victim to the hospital.

"She was treated and counselled as well. On her statement an FIR has been registered and all five culprits have been arrested and have been sent to the judicial custody," Bishnoi said.

He added that two accused already knew the victim. A 28-year-old woman from Nepal was allegedly gang-raped by five men at a house in Pandav Nagar in east Delhi yesterday.

The woman claimed that one of the accused, an acquaintance, offered to drop her home in south Delhi, but forcibly took her to the rented house where all five took turns to rape her.

Three of the youth work at a BPO in Noida, while another one works at a finance company in south Delhi.

The police received a PCR call around 5.30 a.m. from the woman and found her sitting by the road side..

Source: ANI