To empower women, let’s start by making our streets safe
it was around 8pm on February 10 when I was abducted on my way back home from work.
I am an educated, working woman who can take on any challenge in life. But I feel threatened while commuting in the national capital region.
Any experience we go through in life teaches us something. This incident has made me stronger but has also alarmed me. This is not how I would like to be. I want to walk fearless but I will be forced to be alert all the time simply because NCR lacks a safe public transport infrastructure.
My colleagues, friends and several women I have spoken to after my abduction have said the same thing about how the city makes them wary.
All deserted areas should be properly lit and covered by CCTV. There should be a proper check and a unique identity number allocated to each driver commuting in a particular area.
I have observed many women cover their face with a scarf while commuting in autos and other public transport. They do it to avoid those evil eyes. Are we at fault that makes us cover our face? It such men who should hide their faces in shame. If I wear a dress, it’s not an opportunity or a ‘yes’ to attention – it’s my choice to wear it.
On International Women’s Day, my only wish is that we move towards equality for women in the real sense of the word. The “Beti Padhao Beti Bachao” campaign is fantastic but there are also daughters who are fortunate enough to get good education but are to be saved from evil people in society. It’s the mindset that has to be changed and education can help bring in such change. We all need to change the way women are perceived and treated.
Making commutes safer for women would be a good place to start.
This happens world over- even in so called developed countries. That naked reality does not justify its happening in India where we worship Durga and Lakishmi. Women have to come out of their ” comfort zones” created by “men” and fight for their dignified place in society.
There is only one way that is going back to street teams. earlier every street used to have a set of elders who used to question strangers and even local rogues. Urbanisation has killed that collectiveness and it is time form these street bodies to deal with this nuisance.
Where is safety for women? In Hyderabad chain snatchers are successfully doing their hobby on public roads in broad day light