Law & Order

Delhi's image as India's "crime capital" has grown in recent years. This is largely because of the greater orientation of the police towards VIP security than public security. While appreciating the unique problems faced by Delhi Police, the government of Delhi must also ensure that the ordinary citizen is not ignored. Unfortunately, during the past 10 years, the government has given more attention to the needs of the rich and powerful than those of the common man. The movement of criminals from neighbouring states to Delhi has grown to alarming levels. Prostitution involving traffickers from all parts of India has invaded even residential areas. Drug peddling, bootlegging and other social crimes have become so commonplace that people don't report them anymore.

There does not appear to be any respect for the law in Delhi. Cars, trucks, rickshaws and three-wheelers move on the wrong side of roads with impunity. Traffic lights often don't work. Prostitution rings advertise themselves in newspapers as "massage services" giving the impression that there are no laws against immoral traffic in Delhi. Chain snatching and other crimes against women have become such facts of life that people don't even care to go to the police stations with their complaints.

This is a symptom of a greater disease. Delhi Police, which was once regarded as the country's premier force, has become an emasculated entity. The policy of placing Delhi Police under the control of the Centre is working against the interests of the common man. In other states of India, the police are under the charge of the state government, which is responsible to the people of that state. Here in Delhi, a policeman does not need to listen to the local MLA or Chief Minister. He is responsible only to the Home Minister of India who has other responsibilities. This is anti-people and the BJP has raised the demand for greater powers for the state government in the past as well.

However, even within the prevailing restrictions, much can be done. The Home Guard force must be made more vibrant. They could be utilised for policing the lane inside the colonies. Bicycles/scooters can be provided to them so that they can move about more smoothly. The assistance of the RWAs must be sought in making the movement of women and children safer.

The influx of Bangladeshis has become a serious problem for law and order governance in Delhi. Strong and efficient measures must be taken for identification and deportation of illegal foreigners because Delhi, or for that matter any state of India, can no longer afford to play host to illegal immigrants. The Law Department of Delhi government would set up fast track courts for dealing with crimes under the Foreigners' Act.

Terrorist groups are striking with frightening frequency all over India. Delhi has been targeted before and will certainly be targeted in the future. There must be an Anti-Terrorism Law for bringing terrorists to swift justice. However, this is beyond the pail of the Delhi government and necessarily a central subject. So, the Delhi administration would try to work within the powers at its disposal to build up community resistance to terrorist cells. This will be a priority for the BJP if elected to power. We will work in close concert with civil society, RWAs, social organisations, clubs, etc. to ensure that Delhi is no longer a safe haven for terrorists.