Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde’s move to review preventive steps to be taken by the police followed a strongly-worded letter from Congress president Sonia Gandhi to him as well as Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit.
In a statement tabled in Parliament after meeting Delhi Police officers and transport officials, Shinde asked the police to bar drivers and staff of public transport bodies — whose antecedents have not been verified — from plying vehicles.
Shinde’s meeting with the police brass was unusual. Legally, Delhi is a union territory with a legislative assembly and the union home ministry does have the last word. But the policing standards in the capital are reviewed by the lieutenant governor.
“It is a shame for us, who are responsible for the security of our cities that a young woman can be raped in a moving bus in the capital and flung on to the street… The security agencies must be motivated,” the Congress president wrote.