Safety at stake

Safety at stake

Turning Cautious

Safety at stake

Bangalore is no different from the rest of the country when it comes to women’s safety. Most women in the City say they feel unsafe. At a time when women being molested in public does not raise eyebrows and when men are throwing acid on their wives and girlfriends with impunity, women say they are being extra cautious. Metrolife interacted with a few women to understand their concerns about safety and asked the cops why women felt so.

Mariam Thomas, who works in the development sector, says that as the mother of six-year-old daughter, safety holds significance for her. She feels while Bangalore ‘appears to be safe’ with its fair share of women working and travelling during odd hours or going to pubs and discos late at night, atrocities against women continue unabated.

“Safety is a concern at all levels — from whether your child reaches school safely, how trustworthy is the domestic help, to women travelling in autos at night. And on a larger level, concerns like rapes, child abuse, public molestations, honour killings and kidnaps still loom large. India is not a safe country. Not that people here need to be fearful, but they have to be certainly cautious. The government has to play a more active role in securing the safety of women,” she reasons.

Divya R T, a teacher, too agrees that India is unsafe in some parts and safe in some others. She observes that the city limits are found to be much safer in comparison to the suburban areas that are bustling with people till the late hours of night possibly owing to the existence of hangouts that remain open till early morning.

“The suburban areas and villages are more prone to instances that define lack of safety. Education also plays an important role in shaping individuals. Another possibility for crime in these areas could be the lack of comforts and luxuries that could possibly describe some underprivileged people’s propensity towards adoption of indecent means to satisfy their needs,” she says.

She points out that ultimately safety lies in our hands. “We need to be cautious and avoid anything that might earn us grief and regret. We must be wary of our spontaneity and mindlessness,” she says.

Laura Nayak, a central government employee, feels unsafe here in the City. “Stepping out after dark is unthinkable now, especially with increased instances of mugging and chain-snatching. My daughter’s friend was accosted in broad daylight in a very conservative area like Malleswaram. You have to think twice before you board an autorickshaw after seven here in the City,” she says.   

When asked as to what measures the police are taking to make sure the City is safe for women, Alok Kumar, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime),  says that the police is on high alert in the City.

+“We have been able to crack murder cases in the City pretty fast, thus instilling confidence in the people. But more than us, people, especially women, need to take some basic precautions like taking care of their valuables and noting the autorickshaw number when they’re travelling late at night,” he says. But Alok feels Bangalore is safe for women compared to most other cities across the country.