The Delhi government has decided to convene a special assembly session on July 28 to discuss women safety in the Capital.
Coming in the backdrop of a number of crimes against women, the move threatens a further rift in the already strained relations between the Delhi government and the police that reports to the Centre.
The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday. His deputy Manish Sisodia said a proposal to set up a commission of enquiry would be placed before the assembly under the Commission of Inquiry Act.
It will receive complaints from victims of sexual harassment, stalking or voyeurism in whose cases appropriate action was not been taken since February 2013 (when the new law was introduced).
“We will table a proposal to set up an enquiry commission in the assembly to suggest the measures to be taken for women security,” said Sisodia.
A government official the commission was likely to be headed by a retired judge of the Supreme Court or the high court.
Kejriwal had on Monday met police commissioner BS Bassi over the murder of a 19-year-old girl in central Delhi’s Anand Parbat.
A source said the government planned to highlight the failure of Delhi Police in handling law and order and make a strong case for full statehood for Delhi.
Accusing the police of not doing enough, Sisodia said: “The way she was stabbed 32 times (35 times according to reports) in a street… Two years ago, she and her family had complained against the people who have murdered her. A PCR call was also made... it is a very big incident. Many such incidents of harassment of women are taking place every day. And even after complaints, the police doesn’t act,’ said Sisodia.
He said the Parliamentary Standing Committee of home affairs has criticised Delhi Police in a report for being insensitive. “The commission will also decide on whether a CrPC amendment is needed. It will also recommend possible action against officers for gross negligence besides expediting cases,” said the deputy chief minister.