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NE orgs meet Delhi CM, Dikshit to discuss safety of women with NEMPs
Published on 5 Dec. 2010 12:07 AM IST
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A delegation of activists and lawyers from the northeast Saturday met Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, along with Delhi Police officials, to discuss the issue of safety of women from the region in the city.
Dikshit said that she will have a high-level meeting with the Northeast MPs to talk about a special cell and a helpline for the community.
The meetings come in the wake of the gangrape of a 30-year-old BPO staffer from Mizoram in the capital last week.
While two of the five accused have been arrested, the remaining three have been identified by the Delhi Police.
“Some of the points that we highlighted and the police and the chief minister agreed to was that BPOs should be informed about dropping their employees to their doorsteps, colonies should be well lit, stickers with important helpline numbers must be put up in public places and there should be more police patrolling in unsafe areas of the city,” Alana Golnei, founder of The Northeast Support Centre and Helpline said.
She also said that the communication barrier that people of the northeast often face while talking to the police should be addressed.
“In the gangrape case, precious time was lost because the police couldn’t understand the victim’s friend easily. We therefore suggested that there should be training classes in English so that anyone can easily communicate with the police,” Golnei added.
Special awareness campaigns and sensitisation drives are also a part of the agenda. Resident Welfare Associations (RWA) will be involved in the drives.
“On the issue of a special northeast helpline and a cell, which was promised last year itself, the chief minister said that the Northeast MPs Forum has got in touch with her and they have a high-level meeting next week where this will be taken up,” Golnei said.
Two accused identified
The call-centre woman, who was sexually assaulted by a gang of five men, today identified two youths arrested by Delhi Police during a Test Identification Parade held at Tihar Jail.
The victim, who was gangraped on November 24, identified Shamshad (25) and Usman (25), who were arrested on Thursday at the Test Identification Parade, sources said.
Meanwhile, Delhi Police stepped up efforts to to catch two youths absconding in the case.
Several teams are searching for Kamru alias ‘Mobile’ and Iqbal alias ‘Bada Billi’ (Big Cat) who have evaded arrest in the Dhaula Kuan rape case despite the arrest of two of their accomplices Shamshad and Usman, all 25 years of age.
Kamru is the leader of the gang, which is known as “Mobile” Gang.
A senior police official said the searches were on in many places in the NCR and neighbouring states.

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