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New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi will discuss threadbare the issue of women security and propose setting up of a commission of inquiry to probe alleged police inaction in cases of sexual harassment, during a special session of the assembly on Tuesday. The government last week had decided to present the proposal in the assembly to set up the commission to probe those cases which were not investigated despite introduction of a stringent anti-rape law in February 2013. The decision to hold the special session of the assembly came amid escalating confrontation between government and Delhi police following brutal murder of a 19-year-old girl in the Anand Parbat area on 16 July.

The AAP government has been accusing the police of taking the case “lightly", saying her life could have been saved if her complaint against the accused was taken seriously. It had said the commission of inquiry, to be set up under the Commission of Inquiry Act, will receive complaints from victims of sexual harassment or stalking or voyeurism in whose cases appropriate action has not been taken, since February 2013 when the new law was introduced.

The commission is likely to be asked to suggest amendments to the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), if any required, on the basis of the complaints and recommend if action ought to be taken against officers in cases of “gross negligence or collusion". The Delhi police and AAP government were on a collision course. Last week, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia had said Delhi has become a “police state" while accusing the police of “mercilessly" beating up AAP workers during a protest in Anand Parbat area on 21 July.

Delhi police chief B.S. Bassi had retaliated by saying that it would be a “very unfortunate" day in the history of the capital if the Delhi police comes under the city government and that its functioning under the centre’s jurisdiction was “perfect". The AAP has been pressing for bringing the Delhi Police under the city government.

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