It is not the hidden fact anymore that Delhi is unsafe for the women. Nirbhaya case shook the capital city of India. Nirbhaya’s case was not the lone example of sexual harassment in the Rajdhani. In fact, if you take a look at the newspaper you will realize that the sexual harassment case in Delhi is a regular affair. In fact, women would get scared to go out in the night alone. One of the recent survey was done by US agency claims that 40 percent of women in Delhi have been sexually harassed in a public place such as bus or park. The more shocking fact is these crimes takes place in the broad daylight in the capital town of India.
The reports in this regards had been published in the journal of International Criminal Justice Review. After the case of Nirbhaya gang rape around three years back, the punishments have been made more severe but despite that women hardly feels safe claims the study. According to one survey, it has been ascertained that 40 percent of woman have reported having been sexually harassed in public places in a previous year. It may be recalled that Nirbhaya became the pseudonym given to the gang rape victim whose death in 2012 brought worldwide attention to violence against women.
According to the sources, this survey is based on around 1,400 men and women in Delhi had revealed that 33 percent women have stopped going out in public and 17 percent women have quit their jobs to avoid facing daily harassment in public places. According to a professor of criminal justice at Michigan state University in the US, “Women in India do not feel safe being in public spaces, which is clearly a human rights issue. What this means is that women, despite Nirbhaya, are still afraid,” said Mahesh Nalla.
According to the Nalla, Sexual harassment is the serious issue that is faced by women world over but it seems like more visible in emerging democracies like India and other countries in South Asia where women are participating in the workplace along with men. The problem is more escalated here due to crimpled and inadequate public transportation system and massive migration of youth to urban areas due to employments.
The problem is intensified by the existence of a cramped, inadequate public transportation system, massive youth migration to urban areas and the fact that India is a traditional patriarchal society where many still believe a woman’s place is in the home, the researchers pointed out. Nalla and co-investigator Manish Madan, the assistant professor at Sweden’s Stockton University, surveyed the people in New Delhi on a host of issues including perceptions and history of sexual harassment, use of public transportation, safety in public spaces and police effectiveness in dealing with these concerns.
The findings showed that 40 percent of female respondents were sexually harassed in the past year and 58 percent were sexually harassed at least once during their lifetime. “The findings from this study highlight the importance and immediacy of addressing women’s safety in public spaces and women’s human rights,” Nalla said.