And the one who got shot in this crossfire was Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dixit, a woman, who would naturally sympathise with women. A woman, to whom the Delhi police do not report, was blamed for police inaction. It was like blaming the milkman for the poor quality of biscuits in the market. And in the turmoil the champion of the streets emerged in the form of Sushma Swaraj and her team.
Had I been in Sheilaji’s place I would have asked the Youth Congress cadres to infiltrate the protestors and order hot tea and samosas for all of them, says Y K Arora. “It would have been far cheaper than organizing a lathi charge or a water canon or even throwing tear gas shells on them, Arora says. Then Manish Tewari could have been called for taking a memorandum from the crowd or even arranging a street Parliament between the crowd and Sushma Swaraj and the Congress and taken its recommendations to the authorities. The venue could have been shifted to Ram Lila Ground rather than India Gate in view of traffic problems and everyone could have been invited there. Question is Did Sheila Dixit have the authority to do all this?
If we want police reforms in the national capital we need to recruit people from different parts of the country and place that NCR police under the Lt Governor and the Delhi state police under the CM. In the Delhi state police if we see closely most of the constables and junior officials are from communities known for having villages with Khaps, ‘honour killings’, dowry deaths and female infanticide. To clean up the police of the national capital for the NCR police we need to recruit from the North East, from the South and from all parts of India, says Anuradha Chak.
After all, we need a gender sensitized police and a man coming from a background where there is no respect for women cannot be gender sensitized. To give Dixit a chance to prove herself we should put her in charge of a committee that has a time bound plan to recommend these police reforms. I am sure she will live up to the mark.