Agencies, New Delhi Holding Delhi Police solely responsible for the December 16 gangrape case, its former chief Kiran Bedi today said it was preventable like many other crimes as the police failed at all levels that day.
Addressing a press meet here, Ms Bedi recalled the incidents that preceded the rape. She said Delhi Police, despite the fact that it was best equipped in the country, did not do anything about the violative bus which was on the roads for hours. This too happened when it had been informed about the wrongdoings of the men travelling on it. They had looted somebody before they raped the 23-year-old medical student, she said, adding that police did not act properly even after the rape.
‘’You don’t need a law for it, it was a failure of the police at all levels,’’ she said discussing Justice J S Verma recommendations on safety and security of women and police reforms. Explaining how unfixed tenure of senior police officers causes problems in the police force, Ms Bedi said this affects the working of police officers as they would always be unsure about how long would they be there to handle that particular assignment. ‘’But at the same time that does not stop the senior officers from giving fixed beats to their juniors. A beat officer would know all the happenings in his area and also know the possible perpetrators and how to keep a check on them,’’ she said.