Delhi has never been very safe for women, and this is not just a perception. The crime figures for the Capital compared to other cities in India for almost one-fourth of the rapes were reported from Delhi.
Similarly, almost two-fifth of kidnappings/abductions of women happened in Delhi, 15% of dowry deaths and 14% of molestation cases.
The figures released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) of the home ministry, show that among 35 mega cities in India, Delhi reported 404 out of 1,696 rapes; 1,379 out of total 3,544 cases of kidnapping and abduction of women, 104 out of 684 dowry deaths and 491 out of 3,477 cases of molestation during the period under study.
The level of atrocities against women is an indicator of the openness of society. Sexual harassment and immoral trafficking are high especially in suppressed societies, whereas it is less in fully-evolved metros. Women, particularly single women, would happily testify that as far as Indian cities go Mumbai makes them feel exceptionally easy at most times of the day or night. The public transport system works efficiently, women can roam around freely till fairly late, and they can stay in hostels or as paying guests without too much of a problem. It isn’t as though eve teasing doesn’t exist. Take a walk down any of our railway stations or try getting into a crowded bus and you can be rest assured there will be unwarranted attention and intrusion by way of a Johnny who tries to get too close for comfort. But most women have developed a defense mechanism by which they know how to deal with this.
Most of the cities have changed from bad to worse. There is a lack of will among law-enforcing agencies to enforce rules. This has rendered the city comparatively unsafe, it is the parents who have to instill the right sense and teach their children how to tackle difficult situations for their own safety. Violence against women is prevalent everywhere in this country. There are law enforcement agencies to prevent such crimes against women but they alone will not be able to solve this scourge. The people’s cooperation is crucial in eradicating this menace. I believe that unless people come forward in rooting out such social evils, only law enforcing agencies will not do. And when the people are active in their drive against the crimes, the Police cannot remain a mute spectator though they are supposed to be the protectors of the citizens. They will be forced to dispense their bounden duties
Actress Gul Panag, who attended the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2010 experienced a very unpleasant turn of events which she shared with the media and her fans. It was not unknown that the actress has always been a fitness freak and it was primarily for this reason that she decided to be a part of the Half Marathon this year. Unfortunately, Gul Panag was very disappointed with the behavior of some Delhi boys and men during a prominent part of the run which started at the Nehru Stadium in the city. She was reportedly manhandled in the course of the marathon. However, the actress also said that she was not surprised considering that the city in question was Delhi.
An extremely angry and disappointed Gul Panag poured her vent out to the media saying that though Delhi has improved over the years in terms of infrastructure, the nature of the people living in the city refuse to change for the better. The actress was touched in inappropriate parts of her body by the Delhi men who passed her during an unexpected stampede that occurred during the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon.
The actress’ statements are a reflection of a recent survey in which it was reported that more than 70 percent of women in Delhi feel unsafe moving out alone in the city’s streets. In fact, it has become a norm that Delhi women have to live a fearful daily life, physical abuse has become so rampant in Delhi that women have also stopped complaining in most cases. The phenomenon is a prominent factor not only in the streets of Delhi, but also in the city’s workplaces. Gul Panag was also born and had spent her growing up years in Delhi.
One more shameless incident, took place on early hours of November 26 when a Mizo woman working in a BPO was abducted from her way back home and gang raped by five miscreants in a moving vehicle.
She was walking towards her residence in Moti village near Dhaula Kuan in South Delhi along with one of her colleagues when the accused pounced upon her, put her in their vehicle and sped it off with her.
They allegedly took turns to rape her in the moving vehicle and later dumped her near Mongol puri in West Delhi.
The truth is that our country has a male dominating culture and it is not a safe place for women. Government has to make same strict law for women safety.