Delhi gangrape: Sushilkumar Shinde appears to equate protesters with Maoists

Delhi gangrape

Shinde said women belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes often become victims of sexual violence and the government would look into their grievances.

"SCs and STs live in remote areas so such crimes do not come out in the public. But we are sincere to provide protection to these under privileged sections of the society," he said.

The Home Minister said he met the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court today and requested him to set up fast-track courts to deal with crime against women, particularly the recent gangrape.

Asked whether the government has any plan to convene a special session of Parliament to frame more stringent laws for sexual crimes, he replied in negative, saying there was no need for a special session of Parliament.

"You will see our action, then you will realise. We have given one month's time to this committee (constituted last night for reviewing the existing laws). I will request them to give their suggestions as early as possible and we will act upon them," he said.

Asked whether Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar would be removed for alleged mishandling of the situation, the Home Minister said he would not like to talk on such an issue under the prevailing situation.

"Once the situation is calm and quiet, I will look into it. Certainly, I will take action and I will not spare anyone (found to be guilty)," he said.

Defending the crackdown on protesters, Shinde said on Saturday, the protesters went upto the North Block and even tried to break into Rashtrapati Bhavan.

"Rashtrapati Bhavan is a prestigious house of the country and it is the image of the country. If they would have gone there, you would have criticised me. That is why we are very strict on this thing," he said, adding hooliganism also led to the police action.

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