Every Delhi girl knows how it feels to walk the unsafe lanes of the national capital. But it seems just like every father in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal too knows how unsafe it is for his wife and daughter. Recently, while he was being consulted on the draft of women’s rights bill, the Delhi CM emphasised that women’s safety and security is a top priority of his government and assured the people that the bill will be tabled in the next Delhi assembly session.
While talking about the the bill, Kejriwal shared his own experience and said that just like every family in Delhi, even his family is restless till his daughter returns home from college.
“When my daughter returns late from the IIT campus, my family and I stay anxious till she reaches home safely. If I feel this way being a chief minister I can understand how others must feel. We have to work to change this situation to ensure a sense of safety.”
He added that the Delhi Commission for Women will be given more powers.
But Kejriwal also pointed out that the Delhi Police needs to play a bigger role in women’s safety.
Raising the issue of the absence of the State government’s control on the Delhi Police, he said that action and punishment have to be fast but it is not there.
“This is where the Delhi Police has a big role, but the problem is that in Delhi there is no control of the state over police as it comes under the Centre. The police do not listen (to us) and hence this is a problem area that needs to be addressed.”
Kejriwal acknowledged that urgent measures need to be taken to create a sense of security and to ensure women and their families feel secure. The consultation meeting was attended by Justice Leila Seth, DCW chief Swati Maliwal, DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal, Supreme Court lawyers Vrinda Grover, Aparna Bhat and Karuna Nandy, Amod Kanth from NGO Prayas, National Law University Professor Mrinal Satish, among others.