Women in the national capital are scared of going to police stations to register their complaints, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said Wednesday.
"Increasing cases of crime against women remain a matter of great concern. Women find it difficult to go to police station to register their complaint as they fear that they won't be heard," Dikshit said while admitting that improving relationship between women and police remains a big challenge.
"The relationship between women and police has to change and we have to sensitise police in the regard," Dikshit told women journalists at the Indian Women's Press Corps here.
The city government has no control over Delhi Police, which comes under the union home ministry. The government has several times demanded that police be brought under its control for better management of law and order in the capital.
Dikshit also called for the need to change the mindset of the society. "Rapes take place in the city every day and the culprit in majority of the cases is in the home or neighbourhood, and victim's family feels helpless in taking any action. The society has to change and collective efforts need to be made. We need to evolve a strategy to awaken people," she said.
The chief minister added that the people in the city have forgotten courtesies and have become insensitive.
"There is no discipline and city's culture has spoiled. We have forgotten courtesies and have become insensitive," she said.
The chief minister agreed that safety of women in public transport remains an issue and efforts are being made to improve it.