January 19th, 2015
“Let’s get someone from outer space.”
New Delhi: Delhi High Court on Friday reprimanded the government for installing 15,000 CCTV cameras within weeks for US President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit, but failing to act fast when it comes to meeting the needs of the citizens.
The High Court bench, comprising of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva, was hearing an application filed by advocate Meera Bhatia. The application sought that the cameras being put up for the American President’s security should not be removed after the event.
“Because of a foreign President you do it, but not for Indian citizens. If we direct you to do it for Indians, you do in months and years, else you do it in weeks. Let’s get someone from outer space,” the bench hearing the case said.
The application alleged that despite the high court’s earlier direction to the government to install CCTV camera across the capital, the same has not been followed.
“Had the cameras been installed at the required places, the Nirbhaya case and other the unfortunate incidents might have been avoided or tracked easily,” the application said.
The concern shown by our judiciary towards the welfare of its citizens is commendable. This chiding aims to show the mirror to our government. Our government needs to realise the pitiable and shallow state it is in; the state wherein it wants to score brownie points on a global level by weaving a secure web around the U.S. President but fails miserably when it comes to providing security to its own people at the ground level. We hope some positive changes come out of this reprimanding.
As Logical Indians, we do understand the importance of ensuring security to the foreign dignitaries. However, we feel the government should put equal efforts and take appropriate measures to ensure the safety and security of the Indian Citizens.