Give foolproof security to religious minorities: Rajnath Singh
NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday
underlined the need for women, religious minorities and people belonging to the
north-eastern region of India living in Delhi to be provided with foolproof
He made these comments while addressing a function
organised here to mark the 68th raising day of Delhi Police. “Women’s safety is
a major issue,” Singh said, adding that modern technology should be utilised to
enable quick response to those in danger.
All mobile phones, irrespective of their make, should
be provided with a special button that could send message to police, thereby
help could reach the distressed within minutes, he said.
Work in this direction is already on and soon all
mobile phones would have this facility, the minister said mentioning ‘Himmat’,
a mobile phone-based application for safety of women in Delhi.
He said it was a step in the right direction and Delhi
Police should come out with more technological solutions for modern-day
problems and issues. Singh had launched Delhi Police’s mobile phone app Himmat
Touching upon issues relating to minorities, he said
security should be provided to all religious places. Rajnath was careful not to
mention the attacks on Christian institutions in the city.
The minister, however, mentioned the 1984 Delhi riots
against the Sikhs and said the Centre had already constituted a Special
Investigation Team (SIT) to probe into the riots. “I am confident that now
justice would be served to those affected by the riots,” he said.
In the past two months, six Christian institutions
were vandalised in Delhi. This led to protests with community leaders urging
the government to look after them. With regard to the north-eastern people, he
said, “People from the north-eastern region should not feel alienated in the
He also asked the police to be ‘considerate to the
poor’ and ‘tough on criminals’. Delhi being the national capital has people
from all corners of the country. There are poor people earning their livelihood
working on road-side stalls... you should be considerate to them but you should
be tough on the criminals and others who create problems here,” he said