How safe is Delhi for its women?

Posted on Dec 17 2014 - 8:12pm by admin

Activists audit safety from the perspective of women commuters

Like lakhs of other women, Swati Singh wrapped her scarf a little tighter around the head as she waited at the Vasant Vihar bus stop on Tuesday evening.

A banker in GK-II, she needs to change three buses to get home to Kishanganj. “I do get nervous, but thankfully nothing bad has happened to me yet,” she said.

Two years to the day after the gang-rape of a young physiotherapy student aboard a bus that she boarded one stop away from Ms. Singh’s, 60 women representing diverse women’s groups fanned out across the city to audit its public safety from the perspective of women commuters.

Noting their observations using a mobile app called SafetiPin, the groups, led by Jagori, will collect between 300 – 400 data points and present them to Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung on Friday.

On Tuesday evening, women’s rights activists took buses, trains and taxis interviewing women commuters. Senior lawyers Indira Jaising and Vrinda Grover, Jagori director Suneeta Dhar, SafetiPin co-founder Kalpana Viswanath, All India Progressive Women’s Association secretary Kavita Krishnan and National Federation of Indian Women general-secretary Annie Raja were some of the activists who were part of the audit.

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