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HindustanTimes Thu,17 Apr 2014

BJP lambasts police 'inaction' in Delhi gangrape case

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 05, 2013
First Published: 23:32 IST(5/1/2013) | Last Updated: 23:33 IST(5/1/2013)

Political parties and activists have slammed the Delhi Police for allegedly bickering over jurisdiction when the 23-year-old gangrape victim and her male friend were fighting for their lives on December 16.

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"The police commissioner should be removed on moral grounds," senior SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav said.

Suspended BJP MP Ram Jethmalani attacked the police commissioner for not "conducting an inquiry and fixing responsibility for the lapse".

"We should know what the police commissioner is doing. Is he assaulting protesters doing all kind of funny things? And what has to be done, he doesn't do. The head of the police force should have by now have taken action," he said.

Reacting to allegations of the victim's male friend that three police control room vans arrived on the fateful night only after 45 minutes and time was wasted in deciding under whose jurisdiction the crime would come, former IPS officer and activist Kiran Bedi said the policemen could have registered an FIR on their own.

No law prescribes that FIR can be registered only under a particular police station, she said.

"Such things are happening every day. That is why people have lost faith in police," she said.

National Commission for Women chairperson Mamata Sharma demanded "strict action" against the policemen and an FIR against the officers on duty.

"Two people were lying on the ground. Even on grounds of humanity, they should have been taken to a hospital. But the police did not do that," she said.

The BJP also condemned the Delhi Police for filing a case against a news channel, which aired the interview of the victim's friend on Friday.

"Such behaviour is unacceptable. This is an attack on the freedom of the press," BJP general secretary Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj accused police of muzzling the voice of people by lodging a case against the channel.

"People have a right to know the truth," she tweeted.

A US-based eminent journalist body has asked the Delhi Police to refrain from pressing charges against the news channel. 

"This is an instance of greatly misplaced priorities," said Bob Dietz, Asia programme coordinator for Committee to Protect Journalist.

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