After clashes between the police and protesters at India Gate on Sunday, is it enough for the Home Ministry to offer an apology? No, say the protesters.
“The home ministry’s apology is not what we want. We want the ministry to fast track all the rape and sexual assault cases. Sack the Delhi police commissioner with immediate effect,” Ruchira Sen, SFI leader from JNU, told CNN-IBN.
Minister of State RPN Singh apologised to the protestors who were beaten up by the police at India Gate during Sunday’s protest march.
“I apologise to the young boys and girls. But protest taken over by lumpen elements,” he said.
Public property was being vandalised and the security situation was going out of hand, which is why the police had to intervene, he added.
However, CNN-IBN reported that the security situation had come out of control only when the police brought the security cordons closer to India Gate – where the peaceful protestors had assembled. The lumpen elements got into the crowd from there.
However, the MoS also said that he was aware that public anger was at its peak and there would be a special session of Parliament to look at the violence on women and children.
He said, “We will set up a commission to look into this and the report will be given in 30 days. We are amending the CrPC in 30 days.”
However, student bodies said that they had very little faith in the ministry because the assurances came with no fixed timeline and their actions so far had been deplorable.