A survey report conducted by Times of India has come up with unexpected results. Nine of the every ten women in capital feel unsafe after sunset. Two thirds of the lot has experienced misbehavior on city’s streets more often.
Over Two third of the women in the capital work in offices that have no mechanism of dealing with complaints of sexual harassment. Over fifty percent of those interviewed claimed that they have faced discrimination when it came to division of parental property.
The study was commissioned by a leading newspaper of the country and as per the study though a change in the mindset of community is emerging at large after the recent brutal gangrape incident in the city, nothing much is evident on the ground as increasing number of incidents of rape and molestation are being reported.
The survey conducted in New Delhi and the satellite cities of Noida and Gurgaon involved women from all ages and from various backgrounds. Government has taken considerable steps of dealing with the challenges and has come up with a creation of a dedicated fund that will be kept aside for women security. However, much needs to be done on ground as is evident from the increase in crime against women, even after the heightened policing methods being adopted by Delhi Police in the wake of December 16th incident that attracted the attention of common people and policy makers alike.
The capital might have been among the cities that grabs attention for all the wrong reasons but it were the brave girls of Delhi who were at the forefront of the demonstrations that rocked the city after the December 16th incident.
However, the study conducted almost two months after the incident highlight the increased fears that Delhi women have to encounter, the moment they set feet outside their home. It is really a sad state of affair that despite all the precautionary measures being taken by police force such acts of brutality are occurring on a daily basis.
A host of reasons can be cited for the deterioration in the law and order situation in the city. One of these is the degradation of moral values. Owing to the unethical practice of promoting the male child in the society at large, discrimination begins at home. This leads to the male child developing a superiority complex that can end up in disastrous consequences as are being witnessed in increasing numbers in the capital city on daily basis.
Policing too needs to be impoved drastically. The lower level staff of Delhi police need to be sanitized to the needs and worthy rights of women at large. Society has to bind together in general when it comes to ensuing a better tomorrow from our women. One needs to move beyond holding candle marches and rise to the occasion and stand firmly behind our girls whenever one witnesses any act of brutality happening on the streets. A safe and secure Delhi would be perhaps the best tribute to women of the city who feel highly insecure , even on International Women’s day.