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Women security on the backburner in national capital?

Publish Date: 21 Dec 2012, 04:43 PM
Last Updated: 21 Dec 2012, 05:17 PM
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 Is Delhi really safe for women?
Is Delhi really safe for women?

New Delhi: The incident of rape in which a 23-year-old para-medical student was gangraped in a moving bus and brutally assaulted on Sunday has once again highlighted the issue of women safety in the national capital.

Every member of the civil society today is asking a question from those who are responsible for providing a safe and congenial environment to the people of Delhi- Are the common citizens especially woman safe here?

Rapes in moving vehicles in Delhi
  • 4 cases already reported this year
  • 2001: Woman gangraped in moving Blueline bus
  • 2003: Filmmaker abducted, raped by two men in a moving car in South Delhi
  • 2005: DU student raped in a moving car by four men near Dhaula Kuan
  • 2006: Class 12 girl raped by four young men in West Delhi
  • 2010: Two women working in a factory raped by four men in North Delhi
  • 2010: BPO employee gangraped for 40 minutes in a moving vehicle
  • 2011: Class 10 student of Gurgaon abducted and raped in South Delhi
  • 2012: Minor travelling with her two friends abducted at gunpoint, raped in moving car
  • 2012: Girl employed with a Delhi Jal Board call centre gangraped by eight men on the outskirts of Faridabad
  • 2012: Five men allegedly assaulted, robbed and gangraped a woman in a car while she was returning home in North Delhi
  • 2012: Girl gangraped by seven people in a luxury bus

Keeping their safety in mind, women folks prefer to take chartered buses, autorickshaws and taxis to commute rather than public transports during evening hours. An official data released by the Delhi Police on December 17 suggests that as many as 10 rape incidences took place in moving vehicles over the past 10 years. This year alone, four such incidents were reported. In an appalling revelation, the police report suggests that 580 females were sexually assaulted this year. It is more shocking to know that three rape cases have been registered during past 36 hours.

Today women in the national capital find it really difficult to commute in public transports fearing the problem of eve teasing, abusive comments etc. Farhat Jabeen, who works as a journalist said “It is really scary to travel in buses alone during evening hours in some parts of South Delhi.”

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has assured that CCTVs will be installed inside DTC buses. While a proposal to this effect was made a year ago, the transport authority is yet to take any concrete step in this direction.

This lackluster attitude of the government is probably the reason behind rising crimes against women in the city. I don’t find Delhi a safe city to live in now, it is not easy to move out alone in the day either. I myself at numerous occasions have confronted bad experiences, says Deblina a working professional.

Parents are now scared to leave their daughters alone. I never allow my daughter to step out for anything in the evening hours, says Manju resident of Jamia Nagar. These reactions clearly indicate that the people of the country have completely lost faith in the government which has nothing to do with the safety and security of women.

It’s high time the government wakes up from slumber and does something concrete to make the women feel safe in the city and help them believe that the government is adamant to keep such heinous crimes under check.

(Anita Raj/JPN)

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  • Satish Chandra22 Dec 2012, 00:00 AM

    The outrage at the gang rape and brutalization of a girl in New Delhi and the incident itself has been engineered by RAW to divert attention from its trafficking of Indian children to be used as food: RAWsTraffickingOfIndianChildrenDOTblogspotDOTcom . There is a large and growing market for the meat of Indian children in certain countries. A large number of Indians in the Meerut area and elsewhere are employed in this industry -- the busting of "a 150-member gang, which allegedly used to slaughter abducted children, roast their bodies and eat them after failing to strike a handsome deal with child traffickers" was reported at : dailyDOTbhaskarDOTcom/article/UP-another-horror-nithari-like-vampires-exposed-in-meerut-2878885DOThtml . The plans for Walmart's entry into India include a vast expansion of this industry, setting up better and more efficient supply chains and processing plants within India; at present the children are taken out of India to be processed. Satish Chandra