Home minister outlines new rules to monitor Delhi buses; Gang rape victim still suffers in hospital

As the nation is shocked and outraged by Sunday’s gang-rape of a para-medic trainee in a private bus in the capital, the government has hurriedly announced several measures, but the outcome remains distant to safeguard terrified women in New Delhi to take any vehicles.

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde has outlined the following measures in Parliament on the Gang Rape incident in South Delhi. “This is in continuation to my earlier Statement made in both the Houses on 18.12.2012 wherein I had committed that I will take a detailed review with Delhi Police officers and Home Secretary along with officers of Home Ministry,” he said at the outset and elaborated the outcome:

He said of the six accused, four have been arrested already and the hunt is on to nail down the remaining two. “A Special Investigation Team under the DCP has been constituted to monitor investigation closely. The FIR No. 413 dated 17.12.2012 under Section 365/376(2)(G)/377/394/34 IPC was registered at Police Station Vasant Vihar wherein subsequently Section 307 and 201 have also been added.”

In addition, a Police Team with one lady IPS officer has been directed to visit the hospital at regular intervals to take stock of the medical condition of the victim on regular basis and to liaise with the parents of the victim, he noted.

Saying that he has reviewed the aspect which resulted in the heinous crime being conducted in the moving bus, it has been decided that :-

(i) There shall be an immediate crackdown on all buses/commercial vehicles having tinted glasses and curtains and all such vehicles be impounded immediately.

(ii) All commercial vehicles/buses shall be directed to keep their lights on during the night while plying on the roads of Delhi.

(iii) All off duty buses must be parked with the owner and not with the driver/staff.

(iv) All those commercial vehicles/buses found violating the contract carriage conditions or any other permit condition, shall be impounded and their permits be cancelled.

(v) The Delhi Police shall undertake verification of all drivers/staff of all public vehicles. All such buses/autos which are being plied by unverified staff/drivers shall be impounded.

(vi) Driver’s Licence and all details along with photo shall be compulsorily displayed in all public vehicles along with a help line No. on which complaint can be lodged.

The minister has assured the house that the government would augment the PCR fleet of Delhi Police by providing more number of vehicles and the same would be GPS enabled so that their movement can be tracked at the Central Control Room.

The question is whether these measures remain on the book or turn into concrete effort to ward off any offences against women in the capital.

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