Bangalore: 48 pc women on night shift concerned about safety

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Bangalore, May 8: Forty-eight per cent of women in Bangalore feel unsafe while working in night shifts, according to a survey conducted by a trade body.

The survey was conducted after the rape and murder of a BPO employee by a cab driver in Bangalore in 2005, according to The New Indian Express.

The survey by Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASSOCHAM) Social Development Foundation said that at least 73 per cent women felt insecure while working at night.

The assessment is based on the feedback they received from stakeholders. The report states that 49 per cent women working with small scale firms are worried about their movements outside, while 28 percent employed with the medium sector are concerned about their safety, especially after dark. Nearly 23 per cent women working with large scale establishments expressed their fears too.

"In sector specific cases, BPOs, ITeS, hospitality sector and media, women employees are the most vulnerable and prone to both physical and non-physical attacks, especially after their duty hours. There has been a huge attrition rate among females in these sectors," said DS Rawat, secretary general of the trade body.

The report said that 35 and 22 per cent of women working in leather and garment industry, respectively, are worried about their safety, while in nursing sector and hospitals, the percentage is 53.
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