Setting up special police stations absolutely wrong: Delhi Police chief BS Bassi

Delhi Police chief BS Bassi on Monday slammed the AAP government’s proposal for setting up ‘special police stations’ as “absolutely wrong”, advising the Chief Minister Kejriwal to “concentrate on areas of governance related to women safety”.

“It’s absolutely wrong when he is talking of a parallel police force. What he needs to do is that there are many areas of governance which constitute the safety of women. So I will urge the CM to concentrate on those areas,” Bassi said to a news channel.

Delhi Government on Monday mooted several proposals to deal with cases of sexual violence in the wake of two incidents of rape with minors in the city.

“Since CrPC and IPC are subjects in concurrent list over which Delhi Government has executive powers, GoM will examine and submit a report on whether Delhi Government can set up special police stations to register and investigate crime against women in those cases where women do not get satisfactory response from local police stations,” Kejriwal had said.

Earlier, the Delhi Police Commissioner in a letter to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, suggested the government to build enough creches for working mothers and make value education compulsory in schools and colleges, in the wake of the two recent cases of rape with minors.

Referring to the incident in east Delhi’s Anand Vihar, where a five-year-old girl, whose parents were out working, was allegedly raped by three men, Bassi said there are thousands of such mothers – mostly the ones employed in the unorganised sector – who have to leave their children at homes in the absence of adequate day-care facilities.

“I also suggested that moral education and value education should immediately be introduced for boys in schools and colleges as compulsory subjects,” Bassi said, adding, schools should also look for “deviant behaviour” among children and provide for a “system” to “ensure” that they are corrected through counselling by psychologists. The police chief further said that the government should also assess school dropouts and provide for their rehabilitation.

Bassi sent the letter to Sisodia this morning. Copies of the letter were also marked to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung.