Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief, Swati Maliwal, on Thursday met Union home minister Rajnath Singh, seeking better coordination between the Centre, Delhi government and Delhi Police.
"I sought appointment with the home minister on the lines of increasing number of rape cases in the national capital, particularly with the minors. I have raised a few concerns and made some suggestions. Singh has given a positive response," said Maliwal.
In the 20-minute long meeting, the DCW chief, suggested Singh to hold at least two monthly meetings with Delhi chief minister, Lieutenant Governor, DCW and Police officials to review the law and order situation in Delhi.
She also pointed out the plight of several police officials, doing duty stretching over 48 hours, as Delhi Police is marred with 16,000 vacancies.
"Firstly, I believe there is no coordination between the Centre, state and Delhi Police and therefore there is lack of response in dealing with the issue of women&’s safety. I suggested that a forum should be set up in which LG, Minister Home Affairs, Delhi Chief Minister and DCW should at least meet twice a month to review whatever measures are being or must be taken," she added.
She also raised the issue of fixing accountability of police.
Pointing out the financial crunch of Rs 480 crore Delhi Police is facing, she said due to which Delhi Police is unable to induct new staff, that if divided, it would cost around Rs.250 per person in Delhi.
"Can’t we spare Rs.250 on each person for their security," she asked. She also said that only onethird of the complaints related to women were worked upon by the police.
"We have got certain statistics. For instance, only 13 out of 4,000 complaints received by police through Himmat application were acted upon. Similarly, since 2012, 31,446 FIRs in crimes against women were registered out of which charge-sheets were filed only in 13,050 cases. Hence, there needs to be a mechanism to fix accountability of police," she said.