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Uber taxi rape: Opposition hits out at government
Monday December 8, 2014 10:41 PM, IANS

Criticising the central government for "mishandling" the rape of a woman in a cab in Delhi, the Congress and other opposition parties Monday termed the incident as "unfortunate" but wanted that there should be no politics over the issue.

"The Bharatiya Janata Party and the government have not delivered on their promises. After the Nirbhaya incident, they made all sorts of promises but have not delivered any," Congress leader Shakeel Ahmed told IANS.

"It's unfortunate and no politics should be done on it," he said.

"Even when Delhi, since it has no elected government at the moment, is under direct control of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and also as he spoke very high of the BJP during the general election campaign, why is he not doing enough to secure its citizens," he asked.

"The BJP government even stopped the fund we created to help rape victims in the country," Ahmed said.

Reacting to the rape, Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati said the government should take stern action against the company involved.

"I have heard that the driver was appointed without any verification by the company. The government must take strict action against the company," she said.

Aam Aadmi Party leader Manish Sisodia asked why the BJP government was silent on the issue.

"Why is nobody saying anything? The BJP is doing the same thing as was done by Manmohan Singh. Like his predecessor, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also not speaking on this serious matter," he said.

Earlier, speaking on the issue, union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi said private companies should look after the security concerns of their workers, as the government alone cannot be held responsible for incidents like this.

"Every company that employs women should look after them. I won't say that women shouldn't work in night shifts but where they work during night is important," she told reporters here.

Gandhi also said the proposal to start women's taxi service is being looked into.

On whether the government should make checking credentials of cab drivers mandatory before their appointment, she asked: "Do they (the companies) need it?"

"We can mandate it, but will they implement it," she asked.

"It will happen, it is the idea... Time has come and the government has given us permission to start with 50 women's taxis," she said.

More women's taxis will be added to the fleet and proper training given to drivers, she said.

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