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By Aditya Kalra and Sankalp Phartiyal

New Delhi’s police force considers women’s safety as one of its primary tasks, its new police chief Bhim Sain Bassi said in an interview on Tuesday. Bassi takes over the job on July 31, succeeding Neeraj Kumar who held the post for 13 months.

Ensuring safety for women in Delhi is no small task. The city is dealing with the aftermath of last December’s fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old student, which sparked riots and criticism of the police.

On a deeper level, it raised questions about how men treat women daily in New Delhi, a city of nearly 17 million people, and one that earned the unfortunate nickname of “India’s rape capital” after the attack.

Bassi, 57, who joined the police three decades ago, spoke to India Insight in an interview at the Delhi Police headquarters. Here are edited excerpts: