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‘Cops least bothered about women safety’

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 29, 2013
First Published: 23:24 IST(29/1/2013) | Last Updated: 23:26 IST(29/1/2013)

The Delhi government has accused Delhi Police of "completely deviating" from its core duties and "trivialising" the issue of women's safety.

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In a letter to home minister Sushilkumar Shinde, the Delhi government has said that rather than focussing on improving law and order in the city, the police are much more interested in issues such as unauthorised constructions and granting various licences.

"We would humbly like to request you to kindly look deep into the internal functioning of the police, which currently has completely deviated from the core policing and is much more interested in issues like unauthorised constructions and licensing," reads the letter.

The Delhi government has requested the Union home minister to ask the police "not to make an attempt to trivialise the issue of safety of women by shifting the blame to transport sector and to concentrate in core policing."

In the letter to Shinde, the Delhi government questioned the functioning of the traffic police, saying it hardly shared any information with the transport department.

"Though the traffic police is the main agency for enforcement of the Motor Vehicle Act and Rules, hardly any information is shared by them with the transport department. It is a very strange situation where the traffic police are enforcing the provisions of the Act on behalf of the transport department in view of certain powers delegated to it, but it reports to somebody else," states the letter.

The chief minister has been critical of the functioning of the police in the past and had also demanded the resignation of police commissioner Neeraj Kumar after the gang rape of a 23-year-old woman.


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