Delhi has become an abuse capital: Report

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New Delhi, Nov 14: According to the survey conducted by the Centre for Equity and Inclusion (Cequin) in association with the Centre for Media Studies (CMS), 96 percent of women feel unsafe in New Delhi.

The survey based on the responses of 630 women in the age group 12-55 living in New Delhi and Old Delhi across the major socio-economic strata showed Chandni Chowk, Connaught Place, Rohini, Karol Bagh and buses to be hot spot for harrasments.

"Almost 96 percent of the women in Delhi believe that women are not very safe in the city and 44 percent of the abused respondents chose to remain silent after the incident," said Lora Prabhu, director and co-founder of Cequin.

82 percent women considers public buses as the most unsafe mode of transport.

The disturbing report also showed that most women do not feel they can trust the police. Only 19 percent feel that the victims should report to the police.

While sixty percent women feel that girls under 10 are most vulnerable to sexual harassment, 88 percent feel that the when harassed, bystanders rarely come to the rescue.

"While there is always the provision of using the existing IPC (Indian Penal Code) sections like 375, 354 and 509 to deal with heinous crimes like rape, physical molestation and eve-teasing, it is the implementation of these laws which constitutes the major problem," said Sara Pilot, Cequin's chairperson.

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