A day after the police crackdown on anti-rape protesters at India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhawan, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde justified the police action.
A day after the police crackdown on anti-rape protesters at India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhawan, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde justified the police action. Speaking to IBN18 Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai, Shinde said, "We face criticism from all ends. Rashtrapati Bhawan is a prestigious house for the country and protesters were breaking down public property."
"When it went out of hands, hooligans joined the protesters, we had to act and use force. One policeman is seriously injured. We can't identify the goons in 3,000 people," Shinde added.
When asked why he did not go to India gate to meet the protesters, the Home Minister compared the protesters to Maoists saying, "It's very easy to say that the Home Minister should go meet protesters there. Tomorrow if BJP workers demonstrate or if Maoists demonstrate with weapons, will I go and meet them too?"
He also said he felt bad at the use of force, but stopped short of saying sorry. Shinde said that a probe has been ordered to find out who prompted violence during the protests at India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhawan. "I have already put my officers on job to inquire on what happened at India Gate. We will inquire who are the groups, we will arrest and bring them to book," Shinde said.
But the Home Minister remained silent on whether or not the Delhi Police Commissioner should resign. "I don't want to comment on commissioner of police. I will not spare anyone and look into the role of those responsible," he said.
Shinde said that the government was committed towards the safety of women. "We all have daughters and we are serious about their safety. We expect media to assist us in this great work," Shinde said.
Speaking on how the government will ensure strict action in rape cases, Shinde said that a meeting has been called on January 4, 2013 to discuss action in such cases. "Today I'm going to talk to have a day to day hearing. Lt Governor and CM they both have committee of home guard and civil defence, I will ask them to start that immediately. A lot of rapes are happening. On January 4, I have called the meeting of Chief Secretaries and DGPs on rape cases. I will take account of each and every state," Shinde said.
He also ruled out the need to have a special Parliament session.