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Gurgaon discusses issues related to women's safety in public and workplace
Gurgaon is battling with one of the key issues, which is also troubling Delhi and the rest of the country as well- women safety. Dialogue being the best medium to cull the problem, Gurgaon is trying every medicine in the book to combat this. A workshop organised by Gurgaon First with Safetipin on 'Women safety in Public and Work Place,' brought about a lot of questions and people together on the issue.

Subhra Puri of Gurgaon First welcomed a packed auditorium to a healthy discussion about the safety of women in the second workshop organised by her.

Organised in Gurgaon's Artemis Hospital on 29 January, the workshop had a number of eminent faces in the panels. Devlina Chakravarty, COO Artemis Hospital set the tone of the workshop with her powerful words about the problem with Gurgaon- a city developing with leaps and bounds.

Questioning a room full of people, she said, “We don't have the answers and things are not easy.” Talking about the Nirbhaya case, she also pointed out, "We are on the verge of forgetting, and that apart from asking what the authorities do, we should also reflect on our own actions."

Bharti Arora, DCP, Gurgaon Traffic Police not only reassured the crowd that it was their first priority to solve crimes against women but also gave a number of cases, where the Police was helpless due to the lack of evidence or complainant backing out at the last moment. She also said that not only sexual harassment, rape, stalking but staring and eve teasing are also heinous crimes and has rigorous punishment.

At this a gentleman from the audience pointed out that even policemen do not understand the seriousness of such crimes and when a girl goes to file a complain, they just laugh it off. Admitting to it, Arora said that they are looking to train the lower ring of the policemen and programs are in place to make them sensitive to such issues.

One of the audience member, Kathy Mracek, who is a Canadian and has been staying in India for the last two months while talking about the safety of women in India said, “People are great in India. I have received nothing but kindness. As for the safety, I have been certainly told by the people to not go to particular places here, but I am from a big city in Canada and even there are certain places, which are not safe. That is the way of big cities.”

When asked as to how we can make Gurgaon a safer place, she added, ''Education is the only tool. They certainly do know what they are doing. They do need education. Anyone committing these crimes should be punished.''

During the discussion number of known faces made a number of valid points. Anju Pandey, Program Officer with UN Women not only gave some mind boggling statistic about the crimes against women around the world but also rebuttal to a gentleman when he questioned the relevance of these statistics.

Richa Dubey, founder of Gurgaon Girlcott talked about the need to change the minset of people. As she was the moderator for the event, she asked MCG Councillor Nisha Singh to talk about the growing civic bodies in Gurgoan and the confusion it is creating among the residents as when they have to lodge a problem, where do they go? Nisha Singh answered the question and gave a clear picture of the situation. Singh emphasised that women safety was the need of the hour for Gurgaon.

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