A day before the sentencing in the December 16, 2013 gang rape case, the Delhi unit of the BJP came down heavily on the ruling Congress party by leveling allegations that they had ignored the security needs of women.
Addressing a joint press conference on Thursday, Delhi BJP president Shri Vijay Goel and BJP national secretary Aarti Mehra said: “It is ironic that in spite of the reprehensible incident of December 16 last year, the cases of rape have increased in Delhi by 240 per cent and molestation by 495 per cent this year. The government of the day has only done window-dressing as far as safety of women is concerned.” The two leaders said that the BJP wanted immediate modernisation of Delhi Police, replacement of old vehicles by upgraded vehicles for patrolling and induction of more women cops.
“There should be self-defence training for women in all educational institutions,” Mehra said. “The BJP will implement all these measures when it comes to power in Delhi as women safety is on the top of its agenda,” Goel said. He added, “Justice Verma committee, set up after the Nirbhaya incident, made recommendations to address the safety concerns of women by improving the police functioning.” Following the Incident, the Delhi Govt. promised to install CCTV cameras, GPS in all the city buses and also deploy home-guards in these buses. But nothing much seems to have happened on the ground.