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Only putting Delhi police under Delhi Govt. will not bring down rape numbers: Experts
Delhi is referred as the 'rape capital of India' because of the increasing number of rape incidents taking place in the national capital. How unsafe Delhi is for women has once again been proved after a Danish woman, who was in India on a tourist visa, was gang-raped by six men near New Delhi railway station on Tuesday evening.

Condemning the same, newly formed AAP government has said that the Delhi police should be brought under the state government to bring down the number of rape cases. AAP leader Kumar Vishwas emphasized on the serious need of Delhi Police to be brought under the jurisdiction of the state government.

Delhi Police presently falls under the Central government and whenever such rape incident takes place, political parties be it Congress or the present AAP, demands Delhi Police to be brought under the state government.

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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hemen parekh
The Midnight Drama Bravo , Somnath BharatiBravo for that brush with the Delhi Police at midnight , yesterdayYou managed to conclusively establish , what people of Delhi suspected all along , viz :,> If Delhi Police cannot care a hoot , even for a Minister , the poor stand no chance to get them to act on their complaints> Delhi Police are hand-in-glove with the drug mafia / pimps / rapists / swindlers / murderers / smugglers / all anti-social elements> Delhi Police are the most corrupt departmentDEAR SOMNATH ,Next time you conduct such a " surprise raid " , > do it in daytime> under the glare of 100 TV cameras> in the presence of the people of Delhi> telecast LIVE on news channelsTV editors will be too glad to oblige !That is the only way to expose Police-Mafia nexus !Forget the proper procedures - which only succeed in alerting the Mafia !But don't expect things to change much till AAP manages to get FULL STATEHOOD status for Delhi , and make the Police report to the Delhi government , instead of the Central Home MinisterOf course , the Centre will do everything to prevent this !In the meantime , a word of caution to the Delhi Police :Remember ,> Somnath is only a symbol of people's anger / frustration> If you don't mend your ways fast , this anger will boil over> At that time , your lathis / tear gas / water cannons will not be able to control the people> People have witnessed what happened in Arab countries recently> They are desperate to try anything that they think , will get them justice> Do not stretch your luck> Next time you fail to act on their complaints - or a complaint of any Minister of Delhi government , you will run out of luck !> With 2014 elections approaching fast , Congress Home Minister will not come to your aid - for fear of an " ANTI - CONGRESS " wave over " POLICE BRUTALITY " ! Remember , Ram Lila Maidan in 2011 ?* hemen parekh ( 17 Jan 2014 / Mumbai )
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