NGO lists 100 'unsafe' places for women in Delhi

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New Delhi, Oct 1: The reports on the various atrocities perpetrated against women and children in Delhi is not news anymore. Delhi has been featured in the media time and again for the crimes committed against women. To curb the menace, an NGO has come up with a website that features areas in Delhi that is not considered safe for a woman to travel alone.

The website also facilitates women to report about the harassment they have had to face. The brave new initiative was launched by Whypoll, an NGO on citizen empowerment. They have kicked off their activities with a lecture series titled, 'Safe in the city'.

Shweta Punj, the co-founder of Whypoll commented, "Through a ground and online survey among one lakh women, we have mapped out the 100 most unsafe zones in the city and national capital region (NCR). The website will be an easy and effective way of knowing what the women in India's capital go through. The idea is that most of the times, a woman chooses not to report about the harassment to the police. So there is no fighting back."

Besides the atrocities against the women, the website will also look into the policy and advocacy level later.

Among the areas listed as "unsafe" are Dhaula Kuan and most of the metro stations at the Dwarka sub-city in north Delhi and 10 sectors in suburban Noida. The parking lot of the Priya complex and the outer circle of Connaught Place have also been named.

Speaking at the lecture series, women's rights activist Ranjana Kumari was quoted as saying, "The society is bred knowing the city is unsafe for women. From the onset itself, girls are told not to venture out late, or not wear certain type of clothes. So this attitude has become a part of our culture. One rape, a bit of hue and cry, and everything is over. Who cares to know after that." Ranjana is also the director of the Centre for Social Research (CSR).

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