Delhi women living on the edge

“A study conducted by a Delhi based NGO reveals that two out of three women in Delhi suffer sexual harassment at least two to five times in a year and nearly 80% of women in Delhi fear for their safety in the city”

In the run-up to assembly election in Delhi, Aam Adami Party showed commitment for safety, security and empowerment of women in Delhi. It released a charter on women’s issues. With a three-pronged approach of ensuring empowerment, safety, and employment for women, AAP appeared to be committed to work toward betterment of women but all of their promises are far from reality.

Weak Dialogue on women safety

Before reigning to power, AAP released a 70-point action programme that had a subset on Women Dialogue.

A charter that listed everything that was required for a woman to feel somewhat safe in a city that was has the dubious distinction of being the “Rape Capital of India”.

Kejriwal government is yet to deliver the following grounds on women safety:

• Part of the ambitious Women Dialogue plan was to set up 15 lakh CCTV cameras across the city, in DTC buses and bus shelters. But this is still to see the light of day and it is still unclear how long its implementation will take.

• Delhi has nearly 255 dark spots, which have been identified as extremely unsafe for women. While the Public Works Department (PWD) and the Delhi Police have discussed the matter repeatedly, there hadn’t been any resolution and these dark spots have yet to see light.

• AAP was committed to set up a massive women’s security force. It had envisage a plan to set up Mahila Surkasha Dal or Women’s security force made up of a 10,000 strong home guards. It also announced to have 5,000 bus marshals to prevent and deter crime on public transport. On eyear down the line, there is till no headway on this front.

• Another promise on which AAP has not delivered yet, is the ‘Suraksha’ app on mobile phones and the 1091 helpline number.

While Arvind Kejriwal is busy locking horns with center, crime against women in Delhi is increasing at an alarming rate. According to data released by Delhi police, Crime against women in the capital has gone up by 20% in the year 2015 as compared to 2014. Women safety is a major concern of the National capital and it is now evident that Kejriwal only tried to gain political mileage on such a sensitive issue.

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