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India Chidambaram Blames Migrants For Crime In Delhi, Opposition Hits Back

Jan 1, 2010
NEW DELHI: Union home minister P Chidambaram on Monday came under heavy fire by the opposition for blaming the spate of crimes in Delhi due to migrant population.

Stroking controversy, home minister Chidambaram said, "I condemn the heinous crime of rape. Migrants are behind such crimes in the capital."

"Crime takes place because Delhi attracts a large number of migrants," said Chidambaram, whose ministry is responsible for law and order in the sprawling city of 14 million people.

"There are a large number of unauthorised colonies and these migrants who settle in unauthorised colonies carry a kind of behaviour that is unacceptable in any modern city, so crimes do take place," he told reporters in New Delhi.

Chidambaram was reacting after an 18-year-old girl was gangraped on Sunday in a moving car while 600-700 policemen, who were trying to locate the car went in vain.

The policemen from the six police stations immediately launched roadblocks after her abduction but failed to save the modesty of the girl.

The incident took place in Sultanpuri locality when the girl protested lewd comments by the criminals.

Meanwhile, Chidambaram's remark has also upset some party leaders. The Opposition RJD and Samajwadi Party also slammed Chidambaram for his remark.

On the other hand, BJP leader Kirti Azad also criticized Chidambaram and said that Congress government has been trying to hide its failure and mistakes by blaming migrants.

This was the fourth incident of abduction and gangrape in a span of one month. The rising incident of rapes in the capital have been raising serious question over the safety of women.

Around 433 cases of rapes have been reported so far in this year in the capital. According to the statistics, Delhi witnessed one rape each day in the year 2010.

Meanwhile, Women Commission chief Girja Vyas also expressed concern over the incidents of rape in the capital. Vyas said that a Women Commission team will meet the Delhi Police officials to discuss the worrying situation.
Rajneesh Madhok



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