Women safety in capital.
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Delhi's citizens don't feel as safe in their city as residents of Mumbai do. According to a study, Delhiites of every 10 claimed to have been victims or witnesses to crimes compared with just five reporting similar experiences in Mumbai. It isn't surprising then that despite a slew of measures adopted on women's safety following the Nirbhaya case of 2012, 67% of the capital's women and children still worry about their security.
The study by NGO Praja Foundation, based on a survey of 29,950 households in Delhi, found that 60% of the population did not feel safe in the capital and 64% did not feel safe travelling within the city against the lower figures of 29% and 31%, respectively, in Mumbai. The figures also showed 52% of Delhiites were victims of crimes compared with 46% in Mumbai. In fact, a quarter of those who faced a criminal situation in Delhi did not inform the police about it.
Contrary to perceptions, 69% of the more affluent south Delhi residents reported feeling unsafe, while 75% in the Walled City felt the need for tighter security for women, children and the elderly in their localities. More respondents from lower-income groups felt vulnerable to crimes than from middle- and high-income groups.
"Delhi residents are unhappy about the security situation since the solutions to improve law and order in the city, such as installing of street lights, last-mile connectivity for public transport modes and speedy justice system are still stuck," said Milin Mhaske, project director, Praja. However, measures like community policing and improving the image of the police among the masses are reflected positively in the findings.
Locality-wise, a higher percentage of residents in north-east and east Delhi said they would report crimes to police than those in south and Lutyens' Delhi. The response of the police to requests was found to be most satisfactory at 52% in the Walled City. The study established that 80% of the callers accessing the Delhi Police helpline numbers were from south Delhi, while most residents of Lutyens' Delhi themselves visited the police station to register complaints. Only 4% of Delhiites, however, pursued a case after filing an FIR.
Shockingly, 26% of the Delhiites who witnessed a crime did not go to the cops for lack of faith in them and the judiciary. Citing shortage of time, 18% declined to report a crime, while 24% from Lutyens' Delhi did not approach police stations because they felt speaking to the cops was a 'painful task'.
The study observed that in 2015 and 2016, the seven MPs from Delhi asked a mere nine questions in Parliament about the crime situation in the capital.
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