Lighting Up Delhi For Good: WE DID IT!
Jul 18, 2018 — Victory at last! 4 months and 7 days after I began my campaign #LightUpDelhi, I am thrilled to share with you that the Delhi Government has agreed to ensure proper lighting in all the dark spots outside metro stations—public spaces where citizens, particularly women like me, feel unsafe. This is a major victory for citizen safety in the national capital. I’m elated beyond words - this amazing news is still sinking in.
When I met the PWD Minister at his office on Tuesday morning, I was nervous about the outcome. Doubt took over, and I remember thinking at the back of my mind: "Will such a senior Minister listen and take action at the request of an ordinary citizen like myself?" But he DID LISTEN to me and he DID TAKE ACTION on my petition.
Do you know why?
Because I entered his office, not just as an ordinary Delhi woman but a woman supported by more than 33,000 ordinary people. THANK YOU! This proves that the time each of you spent reading, signing and sharing this petition was worth it. This is how every signature counts and this is exactly how each signature makes a difference. Our collective efforts have paid off.
Thank you for having my back this whole time, especially for the encouraging comments on the petition, it kept me going despite all odds. Thank you for sharing your own stories. Thank you for speaking up and sharing that you care.
As all of you may remember, I started this campaign because of a horrific personal experience: I was stalked and nearly molested near the Nehru Place metro station in March 2017. It all happened largely because the area was dark. The attackers took advantage of the darkness and the absence of street lighting, aware nobody was watching their actions. I was angry that they had the confidence to know they would get away with it. This happens to most women in Delhi, and I was numb with shock on how we can let every citizen be susceptible to such crimes in this age and time.
Hopefully now with the government committing to Light Up Delhi, crimes will reduce and more of us will feel safer.
This is your victory as much as it is mine.
Keep fighting for people power!
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