"It is very easy to ask the Home Minister to go to India Gate and talk. Tomorrow if any other party's demonstration goes on why should not the Home Minister go there. Tomorrow Congress and BJP will demonstrate, tomorrow Maoists will come here to demonstrate with weapons," he said in various interviews.
Shinde said the people should understand the government's role and the government should not go anywhere.
"This will happen tomorrow, for any government. Why should the government go anywhere?" he said.
Asked whether he was trying to compare the protesters with the Maoists, the Home Minister said, "You don't separate it from law and order. I have already talked about it....Since the day they started the agitation, I had met them in my house, in my office...I met their representatives.
"After doing all these if they say we want justice what kind of justice will we give? There should be some limit, we have accepted all the demands," he said.
Shinde said that certain "political elements" were behind yesterday's violence at India Gate and its surrounding areas during the protests against the gangrape here last Sunday.
"We have information that some political elements were behind the violence. We are enquiring into it," he said.
The Home Minister said the Centre is convening a meeting of Chief Secretaries and Directors General of Police of all states on January four to take stock of the crime against women, particularly rape.
"The January four meeting will discuss the overall scenario of crime against women, particularly rape, and how to check them. We will also discuss how to fast-track the rape cases," he said.
Shinde said women belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes often become victims of sexual violence and the government would look into their grievances.
"SCs and STs live in remote areas so such crimes do not come out in the public. But we are sincere to provide protection to these under privileged sections of the society," he said.
The Home Minister said he met the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court today and requested him to set up fast-track courts to deal with crime against women, particularly the recent gangrape.
Asked whether the government has any plan to convene a special session of Parliament to frame more stringent laws for sexual crimes, he replied in negative, saying there was no need for a special session of Parliament.
"You will see our action, then you will realise. We have given one month's time to this committee (constituted last night for reviewing the existing laws). I will request them to give their suggestions as early as possible and we will act upon them," he said.
Asked whether Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar would be removed for alleged mishandling of the situation, the Home Minister said he would not like to talk on such an issue under the prevailing situation.
"Once the situation is calm and quiet, I will look into it. Certainly, I will take action and I will not spare anyone (found to be guilty)," he said.
Defending the crackdown on protesters, Shinde said on Saturday, the protesters went upto the North Block and even tried to break into Rashtrapati Bhavan.
"Rashtrapati Bhavan is a prestigious house of the country and it is the image of the country. If they would have gone there, you would have criticised me. That is why we are very strict on this thing," he said, adding hooliganism also led to the police action.
On the delayed political reaction to the protests by the youths, Shinde said both Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have appealed for calm and peace and were giving instructions to him to take necessary action.
"Soniaji was talking to us. The PM was talking to us. He was holding meetings. When we prepared the statements, he was part of those statements," he said.
Absolute shameful comments from the Home Minister Sushil Shinde. God forbid, but wondering what would be his reaction if this had happened with a close female relative in his family. People need to wake up & understand the results of electing such people in our government.
His comments prove how incompetent and insensitive these self serving politicians are !
"Rashtrapati Bhavan is a prestigious house of the country and it is the image of the country. If they would have gone there, you would have criticised me. That is why we are very strict on this thing," he said, adding hooliganism also led to the police action". When the image of the country is going down the drain, this Home Minister is talking about R Bhavan prestige. We are having such persons as ministers. GOD ALONE CAN HELP INDIA IN FUTURE.
Reservation of any form is bad. Be it on social ground, heredity based or loyalty/ sycophancy based. Our incapable PM, HM, President, Rahul baba and Police commissioner have proved that. A PM like Vajpayee, HM like Patel, Police commissioner like Kiran Bedi and President like A.P.J. Kalam are so badly missed today.
Mr. Shinde, you are a father, brother and husband too. As a Home Minister, it is your responsibility to provide safety and security to the nation, not to justifying what you could not do it.
This is a problem when you make a police constable, home minister of India.
Till date I am unable to understand what constitute an woman.She is a daughter to a huband when welcoming him on each and every occasion of entry to home but yet turned into Mother while taking food together,offering the better staff to him but becomes a wife while sleeping toghter but yet we prefer to offer cruelity on them which they can absorb at most ease if little of LOVE is INFUSED in one's approach towards them.It looked like to us that we are much away from knowing what constitute LOVE.Unless we know how to offer highest respect to all women of all ages,we are far away from calling ourselves as civilized.About the Law and Order situation at the mement,we do not like to comment on the matter being it is matter of extreame sensativeness to the entire.
This peace protest made violent by NSUI (Congress's own youth wing). People been there clealy know the truth. So who is MAOIST, GOVT ot the young people.
Mr. Shinde by his insensitive comments is further cementing his own downfall and that of the UPA. Instead of apologising with folded hands he has choosen the wrong path. This is another nail in the coffin of UPA.
Nothing will happen to the UPA government. What happened in HP even after all the scams of last year by the UPA govt. We all deserve the govts we get, and Indians want corrupt and incompetent govts. only
This is giving a deliberate twist to an innocuous statement by the Home Minister as could be seen from the quotes. Media is to a large extent responsible for blowing things out of proportion.
A Shinde harami sabse bada rapist hai ja ke phu cho uski home town solapur mein pata chalega saal peon tha court mein use udhar hi bhejna padega vaapis
Shide is right due to this kind of political leadership maoist have emerged in this country and this demonstration shows the anger of educted men and women who feels that same police becomes so polite in front of these leaders but when it comes to security or handling of protest by common man how brutally these policemen act and react.
Let's not forget the rape that happens every sec in our own household , when a sexual act is commited on a woman against her wishes ,only because she is the " better half". Let's not forget the rape , that happens every second on the street , when hungry eyes letches a woman body. Let's not the forget the rape , that happens every second , when lewd remarks are thrown at woman on the street. Let's not forget the rape , that happens every second in our own mind , when we tear a woman apart of her last piece of dignity.
dear editor, A heinous crime has been commuted by few INHUMAN beings oe say humthe government anbd proper action as per law is being taken but this need time in any wanted move Waht is required is absolute peace hence wisdom must prevail in the heads of all protesters and they must maintain peace and wait for the result dated Monday December 24th 2012 Time 1525Hrs ist
The criminals should be hanged without any mercy.
OUR LEADERS LACK POLITICAL WILL. THEY LOVE THEIR COMFORTS AND CONVENIENCES, WEARING THE JACKET OF POLITICAL SERVICES. MOST OF THEM ARE NOT ABLE TO FEEL THE PAIN AND ANGUISH OF THE PUBLIC. THEY DO NOT FEEL IT HAPPENING TO THEM. THEY ARE NOT SYMPATHETIC TOWARDS THE COMMON MAN CAUSE. EVERYTHING FOR POLITICS AND POLITICS FOR POSITION AND WEALTH. IS THIS CALLED DEMOCRACY?? THOSE WHO WANT TO CARRY THE CANDLE OF DEMOCRACY SHOULD CHANGE; YES, AN OVERALL CHANGE REQUIRED IN THE SYSTEM TO GUAGE AS TO WHO IS FIT TO BE A DEMOCRATIC LEADER.