The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday held a protest against Delhi Police, holding it responsible for the stabbing of a 19-year-old girl in Anand Parbat locality three days ago, saying it has failed to provide security for women.
The protesters outside Delhi Police headquarters, some of whom climbed barricades set up by the police, were then sprayed with water cannons.
Few of the protesters were detained from the spot and later released.
The uproar in Delhi began when reports revealed that a teenage girl had been stabbed to death for resisting sexual assault. Here are some key facts you need to know about the entire issue:
1) Girl stabbed 35 times for resisting molestation: A 19-year-old girl was allegedly stabbed to death by two youth in New Delhi in the Anand Parbat area, police had said on Friday. The Class 11 student, had been allegedly stabbed by Jai Prakash and his brother on Thursday, when she went to a market, a police officer had told IANS.
Reports had also said that the victim was stabbed 35 times, including in the face, neck, back, chest and stomach. The girl had filed a molestation complaint against the attackers in 2013.
2) Both attackers arrested: While Jai Prakash, the main accused, had been arrested soon after the murder on Thursday, his brother Ajay Prakash was arrested late on Friday night and has been accused of helping his brother in the attack on the girl, reported The Times of India.
The victim's family has also alleged that the mother of the attackers was also involved in the attack and said that she should be arrested. However, Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi on Sunday said, "We have not arrested the accused's mother till now because we have not got any evidence which shows her as one of the culprits."
3) Kejriwal announces Rs 5 lakh compensation, slams Delhi police: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday had announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the family of the victim and ordered a magisterial probe into the case while slamming Delhi Police for the "deteriorating" law and order situation.
"The law and order situation is deteriorating in Delhi every day. Delhi Police comes under the Prime Minister. Either he should do something or Delhi Police should be handed over to the Delhi government," Kejriwal had told reporters.
The Chief Minister, accompanied by his deputy Manish Sisodia, had visited the girl's family and assured them of all possible help.
Making a strong pitch for handing over of Delhi Police to the city government, the CM had said, "If the police is not answerable to Delhi government then how will they be held accountable? Right now, Delhi police is a law unto itself."
4) AAP government seeks report from Delhi police: Delhi Home Minister Satyender Jain had written a letter to Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi, seeking his explanation on why no FIR was registered against the accused despite repeated complaints from the victim.
"The family of the deceased girl had filed numerous complaints against the accused Jai Prakash since 2013 with the local police alleging that he used to stalk the deceased and traumatise her but no FIR was registered by the police," Jain had claimed.
In his letter, Jain had also asked the police as to what change had been in the national capital after the 16 December gangrape case in 2012.
5) Hang the killers, says victim's mother: The parents of the teenage girl demanded on Sunday that the culprits be hanged for killing the girl. "A compensation of Rs 5 lakh can't bring my daughter back. I want justice. They should be hanged," Hindustan Times quoted the mother as saying.
The victim's father added that even though they had once complained to the police about his daughter being subjected to "abuse and vulgar comments" by the men, no action had been taken by the police. "They were arrested once by the police on our complaint at Kamla Market police station, after which they started venting their anger by showering abuses on her whenever they liked," HT quoted the girl's father as saying.
6) Kejriwal to meet Bassi on Monday: Kejriwal had asked the Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi to meet him on Monday to discuss the law and order situation in the national capital.
"CM office on Sunday wrote to the Police Commissioner stating that the Chief Minister wants to meet him to discuss Delhi's law and order situation and other issues including Meenakshi murder case," said a senior government official.
7) Will try to dispel misconceptions about Delhi Police, says Bassi: BS Bassi on Sunday said he will try to dispel "misconceptions" about functioning of his force during his meeting with Kejriwal.
"I will definitely go and meet him and will exchange our thoughts...There is a possibility of him telling something useful to us and maybe I will give him something which will make him informative towards policing because I have been working for 38 years in the department.
"As a professional police officer, it is my duty that I should remove any misconceptions about policing. I have a good opportunity with the meeting to clear misconception if any," he told reporters.
On AAP's demand for bringing Delhi Police under the city government, Bassi said there is no need for any changes in its current administrative structure. Currently Delhi Police functions directly under administrative control of Home Ministry.
"The mechanism at present is appropriate. This was no knee jerk reaction when the GD Khosla committee introduced the commissionerate system in Delhi after deliberation and examination of witnesses the Parliament Act of 1978 was formed. Any attempt to tickle with the mechanism will be injustice to Delhi residents and can be dangerous," he said.
Bassi also said that he is open to criticism as that helps one to improve his work.
"It is the responsibility of the police to collaborate and work with the people of every class. For that we do not consider people belonging to any class, as separate from us. Now, because a request has been received from the Chief Minister's office by the Principal Secretary, so I will definitely go and the exchange of ideas will take place," Bassi said.
8) BJP says AAP trying to distract people by blaming Delhi Police and Centre: Reacting to Kejriwal's remarks against the Delhi police and his demand that the Delhi government should get control of the police instead of the Centre, BJP's Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay said that AAP was trying to 'distract' the people.
"They are doing this to shield their failures...You (AAP) have raised VAT rates in Delhi, you are spending money in Delhi to benefit your leaders. Now that Delhi's development has stopped, you are accusing Centre for that," BJP's Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay told ANI.
"They are trying to mislead people, they are doing all this to distract the attention of the people from real issues," he added.
9) Certain functions of Delhi police should come under the state, says Sheila Dikshit: In a surprising turn of events, former Delhi CM and Congress leader Sheila Dikshit backed Kejriwal's demand of state control over the Delhi police. "Certain functions of the Delhi police should come under the state," Dikshit was quoted as saying by CNN-IBN.
On the other hand, Congress slammed both AAP and BJP over the incident. "The crime against women has gone up by 30 percent, they just used women safety issue to win elections, both governments have failed to provide security to women. Both are insensitive towards crime against women," Congress leader Shobha Oza told ANI.
(With agency inputs)
Updated Date: Jul 20, 2015 11:51:07 IST