New Delhi, Dec 22: Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has come under scanner for failing to provide safety and security to women in the national capital. The brutal and horrific gangrape of a 23-year-old women, who is currently fighting for her life in Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital, has angered everyone. A teary-eyed Dikshit told news channel CNN-IBN that she feels ashamed about Delhi being the "rape capital" of India.
The Chief Minister wants strictest of action against culprits and favours death penalty to deliver justice to the victim.
"Yes, personally I favour that (death penalty) for rapists. We must ensure stringent punishment for perpetrators of such heinous crime so that it acts as a deterrent," Dikshit told reporters when asked whether she personally supported gallows for rape convicts.
"I am shocked at the way she was assaulted. It is really horrifying. We are ready to take her to any part of the world for better treatment. She is in a very critical condition. It is the most painful incident that has taken place since I became Chief Minister of Delhi," she added.
"We cannot compensate the suffering of the young brave girl. But we will do everything possible to save her life," Dikshit said, adding, maintaining law and order in the city was the responsibility of the Delhi Police Commissioner and Lt Governor and that the Delhi government did not have any authority over the police.
"The Delhi Government does not have any authority over the police. We have been demanding that certain aspect of policing be handed over to the Delhi government...I feel my hands are tied," she said.
The Chief Minister said there will be no politicking on the issue and as all concerned must respect the sentiments of the people and do everything possible to restore public confidence.