New Delhi: Defence Minister A.K. Antony and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday called for police reforms to make the force responsive and to win the trust of the people.
"Police reforms are the real need of the hour," Antony said in a message to the organisers of a meeting here on police reforms convened by former CBI director D.R. Kaarthikeyan.
"Our policing system must change to be more sensitive and responsible to the people," he added.
Saying police reforms ought to be an integral part of good governance, Antony said the police must win the trust of the people through more and more accountability.
In her message, Dikshit said people at large had come to realize that "police should be more responsible, proactive and sensitive in order to ensure a sense of security and confidence".
Referring to the Dec 16 gang-rape of a young woman in Delhi, she said the outrage "has also made both the public and the government to join heads together to have fruitful interaction in this regard".
She demanded that proper attention be given on training to improve professionalism in police forces and to enhance operational efficiency.
'Women don't feel safe in Delhi'
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday admitted that women do not feel 'safe' in the national capital.
"Women don't feel safe in Delhi," Dikshit told media.
Dikshit made the comments a day after an electrician attempted to rape a 19-year-old woman at her residence in Lajpat Nagar area of New Delhi on Tuesday.
The attacker reportedly shoved an iron rod down the woman's throat.
Speaking on the incident, Dikshit said: "I am shocked to learn about the Lajpat Nagar attempted case. It is a big setback for us."
The accused, who was arrested on Tuesday, had even worked at the victim's home in the past and lives in the same neighbourhood.
The victim tried to hit the man with the iron rod but was instead injured by the accused.
Her screams alarmed the neighbours, who rushed into her house and moved her to hospital.
The victim is undergoing treatment at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in the national capital.
The incident comes in when the trial of the five men charged with gangraping and brutalising a 23-year-old medical student on a moving bus in the national capital on Dec 16 is continuing in a special fast-track court here.