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The farce of police picketing

The farce of police picketing
The fallacy of night police picketing was exposed on Sunday night, when a 23-year-old girl was gang-raped and his 28-year-old friend beaten up for hours in a moving bus. None of the police pickets were able to get even a hint of the gruesome crime.

Police officials said the victims boarded the bus around 9.15 pm and were thrown out around an hour later. The assailants went from south Delhi, all the way to Dwarka, a good 20 km, and then came to back, but went un-noticed by the policemen.

This incident has yet again raised concerns regarding the safety of women in the national capital.

‘Despite Delhi police’s promises of being good at picketing and night patrolling, time and again such cases raise questions on their preparedness,’ a resident of Dwarka, Atul Chawdhary, said.

A resident of south Delhi, Gautam Griver, said, ‘They barricade the Ring Road, which leads to traffic snarls. When they can’t detect a girl being raped in a moving bus, what is the use of that?’

Women, specially the ones who go out in the night, are terrified after the incident. ‘There was an incident in Dhaula Kuan recently, and now this. This city is not at all safe. I feel so terrified in the night already. Now I am even more scared to go out,’ a resident of east Delhi, Tanushree Nair, said.

Another south Delhi resident, who works in a call centre, said, ‘Our office timings are odd.

Sometimes we have to compromise to reach our houses. But with these incidents happening so often, it is becoming more and more scary to do night shifts in offices.’

Condemning the incident, NCW chairperson Mamata Sharma said, ‘Such incidents are increasing in Delhi. Police and government should be really alert. We will get an inquiry done and will also enquire with police as to what action has been taken.’
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