No end to women woes in Delhi

“What has changed in Delhi? Do we have lesser rapes now? Has the security system been beefed up? These are some of the question which every woman voter in Delhi asks as Kejriwal government completes its one year.”

India’s capital has acquired a reputation for being one of the most unsafe cities for women in the country, following incidents like the horrific Nairbhaya case in 2012 and more recently, an alleged rape by a driver from a cab service, Uber last year.

Delhi has the dubious distinction of being branded as “Rape capital of country” and as per National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) figures, Delhi not only tops among all states in crime against women but is also leading among all cities of the country as far as reported cases of rape are concerned.

Aam Adami Party (AAP) made huge promises on women safety, empowerment and showed commitment to restore dignity of women in Delhi. One year after completion of AAP government, Citizen of Delhi are yet to witness the promise made with regard to women safety.

They made promises like setting up surveillance devices like CCTV cameras, Smart Suraksha button, deployment of more policemen on roads, bus marshalls to ensure women safety but none of the promises have seen the light so far.

When we talk of women safety then it is not just about beefing up surveillance, cameras and simply putting more policemen on the streets. The concept of women’s security is more to do with empowering them and raising their standard of living. It can be achieved by generating more employment facilities, right to education; better wages and most importantly equal status for women.

But the government’s approach to women’s issues is totally wayward. While Delhi government made populist promises on beefing up security, AAP government didn’t lay any emphasis on women empowerment. Aam Adami Party claims to revere women but not just with respect to maintaining dignity and respect of women but also failed miserably in ensuring women safety.

Delhi government needs to chalk out an effective and resilient strategy to combat crime against women instead of “shrugging off” its responsibility and constantly locking horns with Delhi police and centre government.

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