A day after news about the rape of a student inside a municipal primary school broke, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday hit out at the BJP, which through the Central government controls the Delhi Police, and the Lieutenant-Governor over the law and order situation in the city.

On Wednesday, a six-year-old girl was allegedly raped by an electrician inside a New Delhi Municipal Council school. The man was arrested on Thursday and sent to judicial custody on Friday, when the case was reported by the media.

Reacting to the case, AAP said the Delhi government was trying to improve law and order by installing 1.4 lakh CCTV cameras in the city, but the BJP and L-G Anil Baijal had been stalling the project. AAP national spokesperson Atishi Marlena said the BJP and the L-G were using some bureaucrats to obstruct the plan, which was passed by the Cabinet on Friday three years after the initial proposal.

“We want to ask the L-G, the BJP and the Chief Secretary why have they stalled the project for three years. Wherever we go, people and RWAs demand CCTV cameras,” she said.

AAP MLA from Chandni Chowk Alka Lamba added that the proposal had been given in-principle approval by the Cabinet in 2015, but due to delaying tactics, it could only be passed now.

Delhi Cong. criticises

Meanwhile, the Delhi Congress hit out against the AAP and the BJP over the incident. At a press conference, Delhi Congress spokesperson and Delhi Pradesh Mahila Congress president Sharmistha Mukherjee said, “It is indeed a very shocking incident. The Congress party strongly condemns this.”

She asked why there had not been a proper verification of the accused. Ms. Mukherjee said that the responsibility for ensuring protection for schoolchildren must lie with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal since the incident took place in his constituency. She demanded a social audit of all government schools in Delhi as well as a public portal for citizens to track progress on cases of sexual assault.

Ms. Mukherjee added, “No one wants to take responsibility. The Central government and the Delhi government keep blaming each other. The people of Delhi are suffering as a result.”

No one wants to take responsibility. The Central government and the Delhi government keep blaming each other. The people of Delhi are suffering as a result

Sharmistha Mukherjee

Delhi Pradesh Mahila Congress president

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