Delhi gang-rape: Shinde explains new plans to improve security for women
Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, who is under sharp criticism from the leaders of various opposition parties over the alleged gang-rape of a medical student in a moving bus, on Wednesday explained to the parliamentarians new plans to improve the security for women in the national capital.
Shinde promised crack down on all vehicles in the city with tinted glasses.
"There will be immediate crack down on commercial vehicles having tinted glasses. All commercial vehicles shall be directed to keep their lights on while plying on the road in the night. All commercial vehicles will have to be compulsorily parked with the owner, instead of being in possession of the driver. If commercial vehicles not complying to these rules, the permit of the commercial vehicle owner will be cancelled," he told the Rajya Sabha.
Shinde, who received a strongly-worded letter from Congress President Sonia Gandhi yesterday demanding more safety for women, said the police should have details of all the staff employed by these commercial vehicles.
"Drivers' license number and all his details, along with a photo, shall be displayed in the vehicle along with the emergency numbers," he added.
Shinde, who met with the senior police officers, including Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh, this morning, said a team with a lady IPS officer would take stock of the victim and her parents.
"Four of the six accused have been arrested, the police is conducting the raids," he said.
Sonia Gandhi, who is the chairperson of the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre, has in her letter to the Home Minister called the brutal gang rape of a medical student in a moving bus in Delhi on Sunday a 'shame for all of us who are responsible for security of our cities" and asked him to 'sensitise police to the danger our daughters, sisters, mothers face every day'.
"Security agencies must be motivated and equipped to deal with this menace," she said in her letter.
In a statement in the Rajya Sabha, the Home Minister yesterday said he would ask for the case to be fast-tracked with daily court hearings and announced a special committee to come up with guidelines to offer better protection for women.
"More policemen would patrol the roads at night," he said.
A 23-year-old medical student was gang-raped and hit with an iron rod for resisting for nearly 45 minutes on a Delhi bus late on Sunday evening. The victim was later thrown out of the moving bus along with her friend.
The victim, who is in critical condition, is presently undergoing treatment at the Safdarjung Hospital here.
Four of the six men who allegedly raped the student have been arrested. The driver of the bus in which she was gang-raped and tortured, has been remanded to police custody for five days as the cops attempt to arrest the two men who are still absconding.