Bangalore, Jan 1: At a time when India is protesting to demand better safety measures for women, a bunch of youngsters have come up with a portal to help netizens spot dangerous zones in their respective cities.
In order to know which places or localities in your city are unsafe you can log in to www.safecity.in
The 11-day old portal was founded by Elsa Marie D'Silva (39), Surya Bansal (32), Aditya Kapoor (24) and Saloni Malhotra (31).
The portal says,"SAFE CITY is a project that helps to identify locations where women have experienced or witnessed any type of sexual harassment - verbal comments, graphic behavior, menace... anything. By starting this project we wish to highlight a serious social issue and we believe we are taking a step towards changing the way our society thinks and reacts. In time we hope it will lead to a safe and non-violent environment for all."
"SAFE CITY is an information aggregation platform to help identify hotspots in a city where abuse has been reported. This platform only provides information based on voluntary unverified reports."
The portal was launched at a time when women in India feel highly insecure. The high rate of sense of insecurity has emerged more prominently after the brutal gang-rape and murder of 23-year-old paramedical student in a moving bus in New Delhi.
Raising hopes of women in Tamil Nadu as year 2013 dawned, the state's chief minister J Jayalalithaa took a significant step and announced a 13-point action plan to ensure women's safety and prevent incidents of sexual harassment. The 13-point plan in the year ending 13, seeks harsher punishment for rape and Jayalalithaa said her government would request the Centre to make necessary changes in the law to provide death penalty and chemical castration to those involved in such crimes.
How Can I Contribute?
SAFECITY is a platform that will only be meaningful if more and more people PIN THE CREEPS! We need you to spread the word and suggest ways to improve this.
Spread the Word -
• TWITTER - Pin the Creep if he harasses you @pinthecreep with the hashtag/s #pinthecreep #safecity
• FACEBOOK - Come and like our facebook site - safecity, create discussions and help spread the word.
• Print the flyer and keep at the local shops/ parlors/ where other girls are more likely to pick it up
• PIN PIN PIN - the more you pin on www.safecity.in, the more data there will be.
• Check the website for hotspots. You can be ambassadors and create awareness amongst your friends or people you know from the hotspot areas.