Sonia writes strong letters to Shinde and Delhi CM, demanding action
Congress president Sonia Gandhi has written two strongly-worded letters to Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, demanding action in the horrible gang rape of a 23-year-old woman on a running bus.
The letters from the Congress President has resulted in a high level meeting is taking place on Wednesday in the Union Home Ministry in which all top officials of the Delhi Police are participating. Another meeting of the Delhi cabinet is also likely to take place to discuss the steps to stop such crimes from happening in future.
The medical student was gang-raped in the Indian capital on Sunday night (December 16) and was later thrown out of the moving vehicle in a semi-naked condition.
Gandhi said in her letter to Dikshit, "It's a shame that these incidents recur with painful regularity and that our daughters, sisters, mothers are unsafe in the capital city."
She also asked the Delhi Chief Minister to take "whatever steps are necessary to undertake community action, to strengthen law and order, and to step up vigilance to protect women."
Gandhi's letter to Shinde said, "It's a shame for all of us who are responsible for security of our cities. This monstrous crime deserves not only universal condemnation but also the government's most urgent attention. It is imperative that the police and other agencies concerned are sensitise to the danger our daughters, sisters, mothers face every day. The security agencies must be motivated, trained and equipped to deal with this menace."
The Congress president had earlier also spoken to both on the phone after angry Opposition leaders asked the government to explain in Parliament what it was doing to protect women in an increasingly unsafe capital.
Earlier on Tuesday, students from various colleges in New Delhi took to the city's streets, calling for more action from authorities.
A Delhi court on Tuesday sent the four arrested accused in Delhi gang rape case to five-days of police remand.
Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said at a press conference that they would seek a fast-track trial for speedy punishment in the case.
Ram Singh, the bus driver, his brother Mukesh, Vinay Sharma, an assistant gym instructor and Pawan Gupta, a fruit seller have been arrested as the prime accused in the case.