New Delhi, April 20: The Opposition BJP mocked Delhi's official tagline launched by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in view of the relentless instances of crime against women and girl children, saying it should be renamed 'Balatkar Dilli' (Rape Delhi) instead of 'Dildaar Dilli' (Magnanimous Delhi).
BJP Delhi chief Vijay Goel on Friday said the national capital has become an unsafe place for women in the past 14 years of Congress rule and the women do not feel safe on its roads. He referred to the recent kidnapping and brutal rape of a five-year-old girl in East Delhi's Gandhi Nagar and the negligent attitude of the police in registering the case and also trying to suppress it.
A police officer also slapped a woman protester outside the hospital where the child is being treated. Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Tejinder Khanna said the officer, ACP AS Ahlawat, made the move for the protester had allegedly heckled Delhi health minister A K Walia. Ahlawat was later suspended.
Goel also spoke about two other recent instances of rape in south Delhi. In one case, a 19-year-old woman of Nepali origin was gangraped by three men and she was dumped near Moti Bagh. In the other case, a two-and-half-year old girl was raped in Najafgarh.
The BJP leader asked how can one call Delhi, where a case of molestation or rape occurs every two hours, as 'Dildaar'. He said the tagline should be changed to 'Balatkar Dilli'.
The BJP leader said the Delhi CM could not evade her responsibility by saying that even her daughter does not feel safe in the national capital, when both the state and the Centre is ruled by the Congress.
He said a BJP delegation would meet Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on the law and order situation and the safety of women in Delhi. He said the party would protest in front of Shinde's house if no appointment was given to meet the minister within two days.
Protesters took on the police outside the police headquarters here on Saturday to vent anger over the brutal rape of the child. They tried to break open the barricades and enter the premises. They also demanded the resignation of the Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar and also Shinde. The police tried to clam down the protesters, saying they were with them. Water cannons and sniffer dogs were deployed at the residence of Shinde.
The national capital had also seen a massive uproar four months ago in the wake of the death of a 23-year-old woman who was brutally gangraped and assaulted in a moving bus late in the night and then dumped along with her male friend on the road.
The woman, a medical student, succumbed to her injuries after fighting for two weeks. She was shifted to a hospital in Singapore from Delhi where she died. The government was forced to undertake new legal arrangements to deal with crime against women since that incident.