Murder of a college girl near Dhaula Kaun on Tuesday and of an elderly women in east Delhi rocked both houses of Parliament with opposition leaders describing it an example of increase crime against women in the national Capital.
BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain in Lok Sabha said that Delhi was no more afe for women and referred to a statement by Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, who had said that it was matter of shame that women in Delhi don't feel safe. In Rajya Sabha, leader of opposition Arun Jaitley demanded a statement from the government in this regard.
Minister of state in Prime Minister's Office V Narayanaswamy said the government was concerned about these incidents and the home minister will be apprised regarding the concern raised by members.
BJP MP Maya Singh said that crime against women has seen a steep rise in Delhi and the police and administrative machinery was unable to control it.
"Yesterday when various announcements were being made on Women's Day, a college girl Radhika was killed in Dhaula Kuan, a populated area, and mother of a woman lawyer was strangulated at her home. The capital is not safe for women. Who is answerable for this," Singh said, raising the issue during Zero Hour.
She also said that the Delhi chief minister had said her administration was not responsible for controlling crime. Singh wanted to know who was responsible for a situation where eight women fell victim to various crimes every day.
As per National Crime Record Bureau's latest data, crime against women has increased by four per cent in 2010 compared to the previous year and parents were no longer feeling secure even to send their girls to school and colleges, Singh said.
"Seven out of ten women have no faith in the police machinery," she said, demanding that home minister should reply to the House of Elders on the prevailing scenario and measures to check crime against women. A large number of members associated themselves with her.
On Tuesday, a 21-year-old college girl Radhika was shot dead outside a college in full public glare while an elderly woman was strangled in her house in Delhi within hours of the incident, exposing the vulnerability of the fair sex in the city.