Crime rate down but for women

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Crime rate down but for women

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 | SHEKHAR SINGH | NEW DELHI

The incident has once again raised a question about the very safety and security of girls and women in the national Capital. A large segment of Delhi population feels the Capital is not safe for women and children while the city has witnessed a fall in crime against women.

According to Delhi Police data, till April 30, around 135 cases has been registered on insult to modesty of women as compared to last year 219 cases reported till Aril 30, 2018. However seeing a marginal downfall in the cases of “assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty”, till April 30, around 957 such incidents were reported to Delhi Police in National Capital as compared to last year which has seen 1046 cases registered till April 30, 2018.

Despite Delhi Police taking several measures to curb crimes especially crime against women in Delhi but Delhiiites thinks that Delhi Police need to reach out public and should spread more awareness.

“Police should maintain round the clock vigil on molesters and stalkers. The punishment for eve-teasing and molestation should be made so strong that offenders have to think before they commit such crime,” said a citizen.

“Eve-teasing and outraging modesty of women are daily affair, if you live in Delhi. Though there is a steep fall in such incidents but recent cases reported with police have shown that most of the girls were molested by a person living in same locality,” said Anamika, a social activist.

“Everyone knows about 100. How many know of 181? Not many, we are sure. Police have to make it known to the people. A women helpline number was of no use if it was not publicised properly,” said Anuradha, a resident of Chattarpur.

“When you are travelling in auto-rickshaw, Metro, even local buses, women cannot be missed by these eve teasers. They seems like they don’t have any other work then to molest women. I am too victim of these molesters in Delhi Metro. I agree there are several initiatives but there have to be a step which would completely finish these molesters,” said Isha Sharma, a resident of Malviya Nagar.

“Despite several initiatives by Delhi Police to help women, there is still a fear among girls and women while travelling in cab or metro,” she added.   

Delhi Police have launched several initiatives to curb crime against women in national Capital. Delhi Police claims that its initiative of women police personnel patrolling areas undercover has helped them nab the offenders and reduce instances of crime against women in the capital city.

“Women police from in every district patrols at bus stations and marketplaces in undercover to protect girls from eve-teasing. Women police patrol teams on  scooties and bikes patrol around colleges and schools to make safe spaces around these institutions,” said a senior police official.

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