The incident of a girl student being shot dead in the capital figured in Parliament today with members voicing concern over the increase in cases of crime against women and demanding a statement from the government.
As soon as the Lok Sabha assembled for the day, Shahnawaz Hussain (BJP) raised the matter of a girl student being shot dead in broad daylight in the capital.
“The national capital has become unsafe for women. Yesterday’s incident has been described as ‘shameful’ by the media,” he said.
Hussain also expressed concern over Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s remarks that it was a matter of shame that women do not feel secure in the capital of the country.
He demanded that Home Minister P Chidambaram should make a statement on the matter.
Minister of State in the PMO V Narayanasamy said he would convey the concerns of the member to the Home Minister.
In the Rajya Sabha, Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley wanted the government to make a statement on the issue.
The matter was raised by Maya Singh (BJP), who said 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 said 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.
Women’s safety and security was at stake and criminals were operating in an organised manner escaping from the dragnet of law, she said.
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.
Yesterday 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.