CCTVs in buses waste of public money: Maneka Gandhi

The union minister said that molestation in crowded buses would not be picked up CCTVs.

Published: 06th June 2018 04:12 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th June 2018 04:48 PM   |  A+A-

Union Minister for Women Child Development Maneka Gandhi addresses a press conference regarding her ministry's achievements and initiatives in New Delhi | PTI


NEW DELHI: Union Minister Maneka Gandhi on Wednesday said that installing CCTVs in buses is a waste of public money since women faced inappropriate touching on public transport, which the recorded footage will fail to point out.

"Molestation on buses is about (inappropriate) touching. It will not be picked up by the CCTVs since buses are so crowded. It is just a waste of money," the Minister for Women and Child Development told the media here.

"The CCTVs are fixed and not rotating. No one is going to stand in front of the camera (to molest women). I agree that women are constantly molested in crowded buses, but CCTVs cannot do anything to prevent these molestations," she said.

Pointing out that the money spent on installing closed circuit televisions (CCTVs) belonged to the nation, the Minister said it should be "spent where it will have the most effect".

The Ministry put up CCTVs in some buses in Rajasthan but these did not work, she said.

The Ministry had rejected a Delhi government project to install CCTVs in Delhi Transport Corporation buses from the Nirbhaya fund.

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  • Richa Sur

    Video surveillance cameras are by far the best and effective way to protect you
    4 years ago reply
  • MB

    We pay income tax for our safety and not for election campaign or for advertisement. If I was in her place I would put CCTV every in the public places. There is so much improvement in violence because of the CCTV surveillance. How can she be so insensitive towards women’s issues? Delhi is so unsafe and most dangerous city in the county.
    5 years ago reply
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