AAP seeks control over Delhi Police after gang rape

Condemning the rape of a 51-year-old Danish woman near the New Delhi railway station, ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) stressed the need for fast track courts, and for bringing Delhi Police under the purview of the state government.

The 51-year-old was robbed and then raped by a gang of six Wednesday afternoon when she sought directions to her hotel.

"This is a dangerous situation, and he (Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal) has spoken to the lieutenant-governor (Najeeb Jung). Now the LG, the chief minister and the police commissioner will meet to review the rape incidents that have occurred in the last one year," Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia told reporters.

"We will also request the Chief Justice of India to take all the rape cases to fast track courts, so that the strictest punishment is meted out to the culprits," Sisodia said.

AAP leader Kumar Vishwas stressed the need for Delhi Police to be brought under the jurisdiction of the state government. Delhi Police are at present under the jurisdiction of the union government.

"Delhi Police should be brought under the state government. This is an old demand of ours, so the chief minister and central government should make an effort," Vishwas said.

He said that since Delhi Police remain under the central government, they cannot work properly.

Demanding a home minister at the state level, Vishwas said: "If any such incidents happen in Delhi, there should be a home minister, so that he can look after the Delhi affairs. It otherwise becomes a long affair which includes contacting and consulting the centre."

The Danish woman, who came to India Jan 1, went to visit a museum Tuesday afternoon but lost her way to her hotel in Paharganj, a tourist hub in the heart of Delhi.

Around 4 p.m. 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.

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