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Kiran Bedi aims to bridge the gap between victim and police
OnKar Singh in New Delhi | January 03, 2008 21:38 IST
Kiran Bedi [Images], the first female IPS officer in India, refused to comment about Mumbai Police Commissioner D N Jadhav's attempts to downplay the molestation of two women at Juhu on New Year's eve.
Speaking about the case, Jadhav had alleged that the media was making a mountain out of a molehill. Incidentally, Bedi sought voluntary retirement from service last month.
"I am not going to comment about the Mumbai police commissioner's statement. I have lot to say on many issues, but that would divert attention away from the main cause - Mission Safter India - our new non-governmental organisation which aims to bridge the gap between the victim and the police. The NGO aims to help those who did visit police stations but could not get their complaints registered. We will forward their complaints to the director general of police of the concerned state," she said.
Bedi, however, made it clear that those seeking to settle personal scores or lodging false complaints to harass someone, will have to face the consequences of their actions. "Please remember that www.saferindia.com will not be liable in any manner. We will forward the complaint to the police and give a copy to the complainant. The individual concerned will have to approach the police headquarters of that particular state to seek redressal or further action. Let me make it clear that we are not an investigating agency," she told rediff.com.
Bedi also challenged the crime statistics, released by Delhi police commissioner Y S Dadwal, on Wednesday. Dadwal was made the police chief in spite of being two years junior to her professionally. "How can the crime rate go down when the graph is going up in all other fields? I think the media needs ask accurate questions to get to the truth," she said.
Her colleague Dr Arvind Verma, a retired IPS officer, said that more than 11 lakh calls were received by PCR vans, but only 4 per cent cases were registered.