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Lockdown in Delhi

On the protests triggered by the gang-rape of a 23-year-old student in Delhi
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First Published: Mon, Dec 24 2012. 01 14 AM IST
Protesters at India Gate on Sunday. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint
Protesters at India Gate on Sunday. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint
Updated: Mon, Dec 24 2012. 01 17 AM IST
On Sunday, New Delhi was a city besieged. The heart of the Capital, the area around India Gate and Raisina Hill, was locked down. The government, with a deliberate and malafide intent to squelch protest, ensured that the Metro did not stop at any of the “sensitive” stations; traffic was thrown out of gear as roads were blocked, arbitrarily by the police.
If the government is so concerned about citizens breaking law and order, and the security of the high and mighty in the Lutyens zone, it had better wake up and arrest the deteriorating crime situation in New Delhi. And yes, instead of senior civil servants defending a somnolent and rather incompetent Delhi Police, their time and energy will be better spent trying to devise a safe environment for women in the
Capital. As in much else, this government is clueless as to what India aspires to and demands.
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First Published: Mon, Dec 24 2012. 01 14 AM IST
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