By Aniket Sharma | Delhi
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) seems to be behaving just like any other party when it comes to increasing incidents of crime against women in Delhi. In its election campaign, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, who had slammed then Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit for failing to keep women safe, finds himself in same position where he doesn’t have any mechanism to stop or control the increasing rape incidents in the national capital.
Safety for women was high on the list of promises of AAP but until now there is no development on this issue. Arvind Kejriwal had promised to form a female commando force to patrol the streets and boost safety for women.
However, there is no sign of any development except orally as Rakhi Birla, women and child welfare minister, had earlier said she was planning to recruit ex-military personnel and experts in martial arts, to train female volunteers to walk the capital’s streets.
Condemning the rape of a 51-year-old Danish woman near the New Delhi railway station, ruling AAP stressed the need for fast track courts, and for bringing Delhi Police under the purview of the state government.
But senior AAP leader Kumar Vishwas’ statement on the safety and security of women showed how unserious the ruling AAP is toward safety of women in the capital city.
"Delhi Police does not report to the Delhi Chief Minister,'' said Kumar Vishwas on the recent rape incident of a 51-year old Danish woman.
And Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal would only say, "I don't want to talk about this right now."
The Danish woman, who came to India Jan 1, went to visit a museum on Tuesday afternoon but lost her way to her hotel in Paharganj, a tourist hub in the heart of Delhi.
Around 4 pm a group of men lured her to an isolated spot where she was robbed of her iPad and cash and then raped by six men, one of whom held a knife, the woman complained to police.
In the meanwhile, National Commission for Women (NCW) Chairperson Mamta Sharma on Wednesday expressed concern for the safety of women in the capital after the gang-rape of a Danish national, and said repeated incidents like these send out a very bad image of the country.
She also called on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to take necessary steps in order to ensure safety of women first.
"The message that is going out is very bad for the nation. Arvind Kejriwal has made a promise that their party will ensure women safety first. But so far no member of the AAP has issued a statement on this incident," she said.
"I feel water and electricity are secondary issues; women security must be their prime concern. Today, I will look into this matter," she added.