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Law and Order
Law and order is the most important aspect of any government as it provides its people the critical protection against non-social elements. Delhi, being the capital of India, must stand as a role model for security and safety of its citizens. Instead, the city is acquiring the status of the 'Rape Capital of India' as the violation of women rights goes unabated. And not just rape, but an entire gamut of crimes has seen a dramatic rise. Added to this is the insensitivity of the state police that is exemplified by their inability to register FIRs for all offences. How will the citizens of Delhi find justice when their complaints are not even being recorded?
To ensure that people repose their faith in the system, it's imperative to take certain reformist steps on an immediate basis. However, as I have always said, the essence of reformist steps lies not in creating new legislations but in ensuring that the laws are implemented strictly. In view of the continued crimes against women, children and senior citizens, police patrolling must be enhanced. As it has been with other issues, I always believe in offering a solution than just criticism. During my time as the Minister of State, PMO in 1998-2004, I was approached by the people of Delhi to express their anguish over the absence of complaints' registration in Police stations. We decided to act on this and thus the popular Janata Adalats came into picture. The Janata Adalats are public meetings, conducted in open places, to redress public grievances on the spot. And to ensure a prompt, time-bound redress, I am accompanied by senior officers and bureaucrats for immediate decision making.
The first Police Janata Adalat was carried out on 16 Dec, 2000. People turned up in thousands to register their complaints on crimes like Chain snatching, Theft, Rape, Kidnapping, Eve-teasing and many others. The complaints were duly registered and the aggrieved parties were asked to meet the concerned officers the following week. A major contribution of the Police Adalats was getting the police personnel and the people to interact face-to-face, thus helping the citizens get rid of their fear of the police and make the police system accountable to the people.
I further roped in the then Delhi Commissioner of Police Ajay Sharma to accompany me in a few of these Adalats. The move worked as the meeting drew over 300 public grievances of which over two dozen complaints were addressed on the spot. People were encouraged not to hesitate from registering complaints even against police officers.Â Ajay further asked people to reach him directly in case of police carelessness in registering complaints. One of the major issues resolved was that of the drastically shortened business timings allotted to the Hawkerson account of security. Ajay Sharma enhanced the time to 10 PM from the earlier 9 PM.
Apart from addressing issues related to law & order, the Janata Adalat also highlighted issues that the police force faces. Delhi Police Personnel used to receive only 10 days' of casual leave per year, unlike the personnel of Central Police Organization who enjoyed 15 casual leaves. I raised the issue and demanded the increase in casual leaves from 10 to 15 days. I further took up the issue with the Home minister and put forward across the Standing Committee attached to the Home Ministry. I also stated that the police force should be increased in strength, equipped with sophisticated weapons and their working hours reduced. The ministry finally accepted the demand and increased the casual leaves of personnel of Delhi Police, and thus raised the morale of Delhi Police Personnel.
I have continuously raised public issues through mass demonstrations, meetings or rallies. These protests were not only against the poor law and order in Delhi but also against the menace of terrorism. These issues impact the children, women and elderly the most. Over 16,000 children have been missing from Delhi every year; a woman is raped every 18 hours in Delhi and the elderly continue to face an insecure environment as murderous crimes against them continue to grow. I have sought strict implementation of rules to ensure the safety of women in the city, in my recent note to the Commissioner of Delhi Police. Having observed the incompetence of the state government in dealing with the issue effectively, I setup the Senior Citizens Federation of India, under the guidance of my father and former Delhi Assembly Speaker Shri Charti Lal Goel, to give voice to the needs of the Senior Citizens in Delhi. Besides workshops & meetings, the Senior Citizens' Conclave takes place in Delhi on biannual basis. A dedicated website www.seniorcitizenindia.org too has been launched to create awareness of the schemes and facilities which are rightfully provided to them by the government.
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