Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today wanted immediate setting up of fast—track courts to try rape cases with provisions in the law even for death penalty in rare cases like the one that rocked the Capital last week.

She also called for a “serious look” at VIP security deployment in the Capital, saying it cannot be an “excuse” for not providing security to the common man.

After a meeting of her Cabinet, she met Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and presented him a letter containing the decisions of the Cabinet on ensuring better security for women in the capital.

She said that suspension of a few lower-level policemen was not enough and senior officers should also be held accountable.

Ms Dikshit said the city government would urge the Delhi High Court Chief Justice for immediate setting up of fast-track courts to try rape cases and to get justice in a time-bound manner.

“The law should be such that it should be able to invoke life imprisonment or death in serious cases like the one that happened to the 23-year-old girl in Delhi,” she said.

She parried a question on whether Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar should be removed, saying, “I am not somebody who is to take the decision.”

“Removing one or two constables will not instill confidence. The highest officer who is in charge of the area where the incident had taken place should be held responsible to restore public confidence,” she told reporters after the meeting with Mr Shinde.

On the need to ensure security to common man, the Chief Minister said VIP security should not be made an “excuse” to make an ordinary citizen feel “insecure”.

“Patrolling should be increased. Visibility of police should be enhanced and deployment should be rationalised. If there is need to cut deployment for VIP security to ensure security of common people, then it should be done,” she said.

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