New Delhi/Mumbai, Dec 20: Thane Police Commissioner KP Raghuvanshi made a headline on Thursday, Dec 20 when he suggested women to carry red chillies as their weapon to defend themselves. Mr Raghuvanshi's suggestion, however, did not impress many as it is believed that the Indian police and government failed to protect women against becoming victims of men's lust.
In the wake of horrible gangrape in Delhi, Mr Raghuvanshi said, "Women should keep with them a packet of chilli powder and make use of it if attacked by anti-social elements."
"The women have had enough. It's time for them to act now. The women should learn self-defence and in case if anyone is seen to be misbehaving be it a known or unknown person they should inform the elders about the same," he added.
According to a survey, number of rapes in India shot up from 1953 to 2011 by a staggering 873 per cent. CPI-M's "People's Democracy" says, "Sexual crimes against women have been rising alarmingly all across the country."
With 2,620 rape cases from 2007 to 2011, Delhi topped left other metro cities in the country behind. 1,033, 383, 293 and 200 rape cases have been reported in Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata, respectively. Despite several consolations over safety and security of women, police and government could not help the victims.
The 23-year-old paramedical student, who was gang-raped and tortured in a moving bus on Sunday night, on Wednesday underwent five surgeries.
Doctors at the Safdarjung hospital performed an elective abdominal surgery - gastronomy and duodenostomy - and surgeons had to remove her gangrenous small intestine.
They said she has lost most of her intestine. "This was a planned surgery and at this juncture she is responding to treatment fairly well, she is stable but she continues to be critical," Dr BD Athani, Medical Superintendent of the hospital, said on Thursday.