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He also tried to underline the government's dilemma in a series of interviews. "It is very easy to ask the Home Minister to go to India Gate and talk. Tomorrow if any other party's demonstration goes on, why should not the Home Minister go there? Tomorrow the Congress and BJP will demonstrate, tomorrow Maoists will come here to demonstrate with weapons," he said. "...This will happen tomorrow, for any government. Why should the government go anywhere?"
Shinde added that while he understood the protesters' demand for justice, he wasn't clear what kind of justice they wanted, beyond what the government had promised and done. "There should be some limit, we have accepted all the demands," Shinde said.
He added that the Centre is convening a meeting of chief secretaries and director generals of police of all states on January 4 to take stock of the crimes against women, particularly rape.
Asked whether the government had any plan to convene a special session of Parliament to frame more stringent laws for sexual crimes, the Union Home Minister said no, adding that there was no need for it.
The BJP slammed the government over this, saying it will raise the issue with President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday.
Defending the crackdown on protesters on Saturday, Shinde said they had gone up to North Block and tried to break into Rashtrapati Bhavan. "Rashtrapati Bhavan is a prestigious house... If they would have gone there, you would have criticised me," Shinde told the media.