Attacking the Centre over non-disbursement of Nirbhaya Fund, AAP on Friday accused the Narendra Modi government of reducing the serious issue of women’s security into a “joke”.
Flanked by AAP’s women legislators--Alka Lamba, Rakhi Birla and Sarita Singh-- the party’s Delhi unit convenor Dilip Pandey said that the Centre is yet to have a policy on women’s security or a national law for compensation in case of crime against women.
After the rape of a 23-year-old woman in Delhi in December 2012, the Centre had created Nirbhaya Fund which could be used for the security of women.
Referring to BJP president Amit Shah’s press conference where he presented the report card of Modi government in two years in office, Pandey said there was no reference of women’s security in it.
“The Modi government has reduced a crucial issue of women’s security to a joke,” Pandey alleged.
He said BJP leaders are in “ostrich mode” as they have “failed” to see the “failures” of the Modi government. He claimed that employment has reached its all time low and growth in core sectors too has reached “nadir”.
Rohtas Nagar MLA Sarita Singh demanded a special session on women’s security in Parliament, similar to one organised by Delhi government.
She said if Modi government was so serious about women’s security then why has it not given assent to the bills passed by the Delhi legislative assembly.
“Why has the Centre not yet disbursed the Nirbhaya funds two years after coming to power and what is the status of the fund? The high court and the Supreme Court has lashed out at the Modi government several times for not releasing the Fund.
“There was no reference of women’s security in Amit Shah’s press conference. When there is a compensation policy in Goa and Odisha, why is there no policy at the national level? Does the Centre have any policy on women’s security? Should we consider that the claims made by BJP on women’s security as ‘jumla’?” Pandey said.
Chandani Chowk legislator Alka Lamba said records show that crime against women has risen since 2014.
“The Modi government has said that there should be one- stop centre for women, but of all the districts in the country, only 14 districts have such functional centres,” Lamba said.
Rakhi Birla charged that crime against women and dalits have risen ever since the Modi government has come to power.
Pandey also attacked the Centre and the Union Finance Ministry for not giving a go ahead to Delhi Police proposals of installation of CCTVs at various places in the city and recruitment of 15,000 additional police personnel to the force, which could be deployed for the security of people.
“We are begging before you. You can do politics over anything, but don’t do it on the issue of women’s security,” he said.
Taking a jibe at Shah, Pandey said, “People were happy that two years of the Modi government have ended, but are unhappy that three more years of the government were still left.”