New Delhi: Safe for Woman?

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  1. Joji

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    The Hindu, from 6th Nov. started a series of tell your stories. Stories from woman about their harassment, molestation, and other fears while roaming around in New Delhi. Here are the links and text also of first story.

    First one

    The Hindu : Today's Paper News : The long, fearful rides home…..

    In the first of a series of personal accounts on street harassment and violence in the Capital, The Hindu ’s Smriti Kak Ramachandran rediscovers the city’s public transport system....

    The last time I travelled in a bus at night was in December 2009. I remember every detail. Without pleasure.

    A man swore at me without pause and not one person in that bus protested. The girl sitting next to me grabbed my hand as we sat through the ordeal. We were too scared to even get off, worried he might follow us. The girl was in the police force, but even her gruelling training had not prepared her for taking on a belligerent man in a bus full of mute spectators.

    Trembling, she managed to dial a number and whisper something into the phone. Two bus stops later, a police van signalled the bus to stop and the man was hauled off. I went home and wept. And promised myself I’d never set foot in a bus again.

    Three years on, I have broken that promise, to see if anything — other than the buses themselves — has changed.

    Day 1

    It is 8 p.m. I can’t help but think about the chances of meeting the same man or someone similar. I soon find myself in a fancy, low-floor bus, the virtues of which our administrators have been singing paeans of. The bus is comfortable. There is more space to stand, and I find a seat. The bus isn’t very crowded, but almost all the seats occupied by women have men leaning over, occasionally making offensive physical contact. I hear a woman ask a man to step back twice; my heart already thumping. The journey over, I nearly dart out of the bus even before the driver pushes open the slightly smudged glass doors.

    The Metro, I’m told, is somewhat better: there’s a reserved compartment for women. The problem is, it doesn’t get you where you need to go. For most commuters, there’s still a cycle rickshaw or auto rickshaw or bus ride ahead.

    Day 2

    The bus ride wasn’t as bad as the many I’ve known, but I didn’t want to tempt fate. Tonight, an auto rickshaw will take me home.

    Everyone who travels by auto rickshaws in Delhi knows getting an auto wallah to agree to take you to your destination, agree to go by the meter and agree to stick to a familiar route is a real challenge. For a single woman standing on the road after dark, it is doubly so. I reached the bus stop at 8 p.m. and was still standing there after 30 minutes. Three auto wallahs told me they were going in the opposite direction; three slowed down, heard me out and drove off without a word; four auto wallahs asked me to pay almost double.

    There was a homeless man at the bus stand who began to smile at me. He probably meant no harm, but I didn’t intend to wait to find out. I agreed to pay double and auto wallah No.11 drove me home.

    Day 3

    It is 10 p.m. I’ve just called up a friend who is having trouble understanding why I haven’t bought a little pink can of pepper spray that so many neighbourhood stores are selling to Delhi women, or, even better, a taser. I’m driving today, but to a part in the city where I’m told women drivers have been facing trouble.

    A friend was recently tail-ended by another car while she was at the red light. The offender, a man, was driving with his mother. He abused my friend, blaming her for the accident and threatened to run her over. The mother joined in, taking exception to the fact that my friend was driving with her hair open!

    Instead of carrying pepper spray, I’ve rolled up the windows, locked the doors, kept the phone ready and even tied up my hair. A few minutes in, all was going on well. Then, a group of teenagers in a garishly painted car blaring music decided to amuse themselves by trying to push a woman driver off the road. For the next 10 minutes, their car tried to cut me off, horn blaring.

    Every day

    I drive every day. I use public transport when I have to. Driving is assumed to be safer, provided you stick to familiar routes and don’t stay out late. But there are days when I am too tired or too distracted to drive. Then there’s a cost: getting pushed, abused, stared at and touched inappropriately. These are not even options I want to consider. So, I drive.

    Sexual harassment has many repercussions and one among them is the financial strain. I am forced to drive even when I can’t afford to or pay auto wallahs double. It is as if there is a tax for being a woman.

    Delhi girls, I’m told, learn to live with the harassment.

    I haven’t… and I don’t want to.


    Second

    The Hindu : Today's Paper News : Harassment shackles women

    Third

    The Hindu : Today's Paper News : “Go home, wear a pair of shorts and stare at your own legs….”


    Guys, what you think of this issue?
     
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  3. Blackwater

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    Don't know much but palika bazaar is no longer safe. They (shopkeeper)stare at you like they never seen human being:tsk::tsk::rolleyes:
     
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    New Delhi (NCR region) has also now become Rape capital of India due to the influence of Gurgaon.
     
  5. Bangalorean

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    it is nothing new that Delhi is the most unsafe city in India for women. Even lady traffic police constables are abused. That is how Delhi is. Other cities in India like Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad are much more civilized and decent. This is nothing new.
     
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    My colleagues at Government Dental College in Mumbai who were from the All India Quota from North India said they were never scared of traveling alone mostly anywhere in Mumbai at night. They swore they could never do that in Delhi all their lives.
     
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    My women friends from Delhi never travel alone beyond 8pm and find a male to accompany them if they are late.

    Delhi is pretty bad when it comes to woman safety.
     
  8. The Messiah

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    Over exaggerated nonsense.

    Also check out the population of delhi...when twice the number of people are living in a city compared to another then its only logical that number of crimes will also be more.
     
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    BS article written by a southie paper!! They will never report the increasing rapes in Chennai and B'lore! :)
     
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    What I understood from the articles is that these are personal accounts. So may be they will bring out similar section for other cities later. And even if they do not, that does not decrease the crime rate of Delhi.
     
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    Just last week man raped spanish woman in mumbai and no one came to help her even after noticing the man climbing the building.

    but mumbai is safe :rofl:

    everyone is jealous of delhi thats why they start ranting the first opportunity they get.
     
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    Does that change the fact that Mumbai is much safer than Delhi?
     
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    I wonder in which city the underworld mafia operates in ?

    :scared1:
     
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    Goa......?
     
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    some of the southie states not too far off either and in some instances even ahead of northern states :tsk:

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    Damn Andhra Pradesh is pretty high up in crime incidents!
     
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    The thread is about safety of women. Mumbai has a much lower rate than Delhi when it comes to number of rapes(1.1 to 3.2 incidence rate for 2009). Check out the details on National crime records Bureau.

    Check out the cities in the source you gave above..I for some reason cant upload picture from my laptop.
     
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    Billionaire Jim Rogers got his wife's ass pinched in India, you just scared off tourist by doing this.
     
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    Messiah, Maomao and others: stop making silly statements. "Southie paper", my arse. "Jealous of Delhi", "Southie paper" - what a regionalistic and petty mentality you guys have.

    Delhi is the rape capital of India. Not just rape, it is the capital of molestation, eve-teasing, and all the regressive and backward thought processes w.r.t. women. The very attitude sucks. Too much groping and stuff happens in Delhi. Mumbai is way way better, and Bangalore, Chennai and Ahmedabad are heavens in comparison.

    You guys need to tell your compatriots to stop groping and molesting girls, instead of moaning about "jealous Southies". Don't behave like Pakis, seriously.
     
  20. blank_quest

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    @Bang plz visit Exbii.com and search for "MAXIMUM Chances Taken--- " thread on it.. it is full of filth how people from whole of the India like to take Chances. You know what I mean.
     
  21. Bangalorean

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    ^^ I saw that thread a few months back, and I can confidently say that most of those are complete fantasies. :lol: Just horny young kids typing their fantasies...
     

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