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The safety googly

It might be the most cosmopolitan of all the parliamentary constituencies in the capital but New Delhi constituency is also one of the most unsafe for women and senior citizens.

india Updated: Apr 22, 2009 00:50 IST
Sidhartha Roy

It might be the most cosmopolitan of all the parliamentary constituencies in the capital but New Delhi constituency is also one of the most unsafe for women and senior citizens. No wonder then that this issue figures high on the priority list of many candidates contesting from this seat.

Trilok Chand Sharma (46), the Bahujan Samaj Party candidate from New Delhi, is fighting this election on the price -rise plank but the second most important issue for him is the safety of women and senior citizens. “Women and senior citizens are not safe in this area. The area saw two heinous murders recently and the total number of such crime in the last year is huge,” Sharma said.

“If we win, the first thing I want to do is separate the duties of police between VIP movement and routine policing so women feel safe too,” he said.

“There are a lot of affluent senior citizens residing in this constituency whose children stay abroad. That is why they become easy targets for criminals,” said Vijay Goel (55), the BJP candidate contesting from the constituency. “I have formed a senior citizens front and workshops are conducted regularly, ” he said.

“I agree the safety of women and senior citizens is a big issue in the area,” admits Ajay Maken (45) of Congress, who is the sitting MP from the constituency. “We have taken it up with authorities at appropriate levels and we’d take it up again.”