And the blame game continues...

Chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday once again promised to take all necessary steps with the agencies concerned so that horrific incidents like rapes do not ever take place in Delhi, an assurance she has repeatedly given during the 14 years she has been in power.

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Reacting to the latest incident of gang rape in south Delhi, Dikshit said the permit of the bus in which the incident took place has been cancelled immediately.

“I have been told by the transport department that it has cancelled the licence of the bus involved in the incident. But this is not enough, and we need to take some necessary measures to ensure that such incidents do no take place again,” said Dikshit.

She said she will take up the issue of safety for women with the Delhi Police commissioner and the Central government soon.

Expressing shock at the incident, women and child development minister Kiran Walia said CCTV cameras in buses can go a long way in curbing such incidents, and that the government will work with earnest to install them in city buses.

“Lots of incidents of eve-teasing and molestation of women in buses are reported. I think by putting a camera in buses, we can go a long way in curbing not only such horrific incidents like rape, but also chain-snatching, pick-pocketing and molestation,” she said.

“The government should work sincerely towards installing them at the earliest,” she added.

Opposition reacts

City BJP president Vijender Gupta said the gang rape of a young woman in a moving bus is a “slap on the face of woman chief minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit”, and she should resign on moral grounds.

“Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde and police commissioner Neeraj Kumar are directly responsible for this incident, while Dikshit should resign taking moral responsibility. All the arrangements of this government have failed,” said Gupta.

“The morale of criminal elements is so high that they dare to commit rape on a running bus in the middle of a crowded area,” said Gupta after visiting Safdarjung Hospital, where the victim is undergoing treatment.

Gupta also termed Dikshit’s reaction that the permit of the chartered bus has been cancelled as shameful because the bus was not identified at that time.

“It is very shameful that the chief minister claimed before journalists around mid-afternoon that the licence of the bus, in which rape was committed, has been cancelled.

Even Delhi Police were working to identify the bus at that time, and had taken over possession of about 11 buses and were questioning drivers and conductors,” said Gupta.

“The bus in which the crime was committed was recovered by police only in evening,” Gupta claimed, adding that giving false statement in such a case speaks a lot about Dikshit’s insensitivity.

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