IS DELHI SAFER PLACE FOR WOMAN TO STAY ?
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Really, “It is a cause of worry. Women still don’t feel safe in Delhi. Announcements are made for making the city safe, but nothing concrete has been done,” said a women’s rights activist.
The harsh reality is Delhi hasn’t changed for the better since the horrific gang rape of a 23-year-old paramedic inside a moving bus in Delhi in Dec 2012 which led to a nationwide outrage and forced the government and the police once reaffirmed to take steps to make the capital safer for women. — It has become worse. That year, Delhi saw 706 rapes, the highest in the past 10 years -- and there has been a drastic increase in crime against women in the first two months of 2013, earned it the tag of ‘rape capital’ and which still continues.
Women’s rights activist also added that Women continue to face harassment. The rise in cases is a proof of that. But they are reporting more cases. Activists say the rise shows that the police have failed to implement the guidelines they had promised for the safety of women.
The police argue that in majority of the rape cases, the victims are known to the accused and it becomes difficult to prevent such crimes in these circumstances. Police said people are now become aware and are coming forward with complaints. The police attribute the steep rise to the prompt registration of cases and awareness after the December 16 gang rape. Recent statistics states Till March 3, this year, 247 cases of rape were registered in comparison to 110 last year — an increase of 124%. Incidents of molestation also rose by 558% as 586 cases were registered in comparison to 89 last year. However, the figures raise a crucial question: Were the police reluctant in filing FIRs earlier?
What action they are taking to prevent such cases.
Is there any public awareness campaign on part of Govt.?
What are the preventive measures Govt is taking?
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