But can anyone guarantee that the number of rape cases in the capital will come down if Delhi police is brought under the state government? Are political parties using the Delhi police's current status under which it reports to union home ministry as an excuse to fool the public so that they can escape their ire?
When we asked ex-DGP of UP Prakash Singh if it would make any difference in the number of rape cases happening in the city if Delhi police was brought under the control of the state government, he said that mere changing control over the police would not make any significant difference.
"Whether rapes happen or not depends on several factors such as the legal architecture, police patrolling, police surveillance, police response etc. It will depend on a whole lot of things. Decrease in such cases depends on better utilization of resources. Mere control over the police is not going to make much of a difference," said Prakash Singh.
Commenting on the issue, Sudha Sundararaman, Secretary General of All India Democratic Women's Association said, "Accountability of the police should be ensured, whether it is under the the state government or the central government." She also added, "State government should also have some powers, so that they can work out on such issues quickly."
There are some, who feel that bringing Delhi police under state govt. will not change anything, but it is the mentality of the people in the society, that needs to be changed.
Editor of a female magazine Bindiya Geeta Shri has to say that, “If the Police becomes alert, then such cases may reduce but it won't stop such incidents from happening. The people with wicked mentality will find their own ways to do things.”
She also said that it was only an excuse given by the ruling parties in Delhi that since Delhi Police is not under their jurisdiction so they can not do much in improving the situation of women security in the national capital. The political parties are only accusing each other, and this won't help the cause.
Mamta Sharma, Chairperson of National Commission for Women (NCW) said, "No police comes under the NCW, but still we call up and do some sensitization programs, we ask them about the progress of the case. The State Government can also do such things. It is not right to throw the blame on the Central government."
When we approached Delhi Police to know their views on the long standing demands made by the various ruling parties in the state to bring it under their jurisdiction, public relations officer (PRO) of Delhi Police said it's government's jurisdiction to decide.
“Delhi Police has no comments on it. It's a government's decision,” said Rajan Bhagat, Delhi Police PRO.
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