My daughter feels insecure in Delhi: Sheila Dikshit to NDTV

My daughter feels insecure in Delhi: Sheila Dikshit to NDTV

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New Delhi In an exclusive interview to NDTV on the International Women's Day, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit says her own daughter feels insecure in the Capital. Here are the highlights of her interview:

  • Statistics (crimes against women) are shocking but they are a reality. We have to face it with courage and determination
  • This is happening all around the country. This is not a competition. I don't want to get into it
  • We have look at the security and what is the society doing
  • We have to look into ourselves to find out why it is happening
  • It has  to be a collective responsibility of the media, society, officials to find a solution
  • My own daughter feels unsafe in the city
  • Whatever can be done from various organizations is being done
  • Why is it that a girl is walking on the street and someone has to tease her
  • When we went to school/college there were whistles but there was nothing of this kind
  • I am not satisfied with the law and order
  • Not satisfied with the way our social setup has looked at it
  • I wouldn't be able to judge whether security is better after December 16 or not
  • PM did respond to my letter asking for better policing
  • I hope there is better policing but better policing is not a magic wand
  • PM said that he agrees with me and it is a matter of concern
  • Foeticide is terrible problem in a city like Delhi
  • Government will do something, police will do something but it also depends on what the society thinks, on society's mindset
  • I met the Home Minister, the Chief Justice, gave suggestions to Verma Committee... But one can't put everything on the government
  • I feel concerned about law and order even though it is not under me because ours is an elected government
  • I went to Jantar Mantar to light a candle not to demand law and order but to show my solidarity with the people
  • I am not saying police reporting to Lt. General is ok or not but that is the system
  • But this does not stop us from doing what we can do within our limitations
  • We can't remove police officers but we did raise the issue of making police stations more friendly
  • Student Question: Police is not under you but public transport is under you. What is different in the department under you since December 16 happened?
    Sheila Dikshit's reply: We have setup helplines. People can call on 181 to tell us if there was no security posted in a bus or other issues.
  • (On advising women not to step up out at night) I can only advise those who listen to me. It is a free country and women have an equal right. With every right comes a responsibility. It is a personal decision for women
  • I am not a powerful chief minister (to being called a powerful chief minister)
  • Look, I may be wrong but I would say that law is very important and it is needs to be drawn up. If a law is going to be the only deterrent I am all for it but society's behavior also is a factor

Story First Published: March 08, 2013 17:01 IST

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