The Indian capital of Delhi has long been labeled a dangerous, city especially for women.“Delhi is particularly unsafe, I really wouldn’t say that.But I think it is the fact that there is so much of reporting in Delhi,and also that there is so much of conversation around sexual harassment and sexual violence by different kinds of violence against women in Delhi.”
These voices became especially loud, following the brutal gang rape of a young woman inside the bus in December 2012.The rape of the young woman who later died shook the Indian capital and led to tougher laws.But Indian women say things have not changed that much.
“If you’re walking, you will like kind of a showpiece for everybody, because all the people around you will stare at you no matter what.”“Stepping out in the night one has to think twice, if you are on your own.”“Nobody has any fear in Delhi, people think that whatever they do with women, this system will not be able to do anything.Delhi police themselves have asked for an 80000 increase in their force for the past ten years, it hasn’t increased to this day.”
According to India’s National Crime Records Bureau, New Delhi saw a whopping 184 percent increase in cases of crime against women in 2016.This figure was the highest for any Indian city.Professional women like Dristi Dey say, they are on God each time they leave the house.
“Living in Delhi girls are taught at a very young age that we must be home before seven, or if we have to go to a party with friends.Our brother can go but we cannot and if a girl does take that risk, and if something happens, and it is that girl’s wrongdoing because she went alone.”
While Delhi has a long way to go before it can be considered as a safe city for women.Experts say as more women enter the workforce, they will become a more visible and vocal part of the capital’s life,and this will help change society’s patriarchal mindset.
Ritul Joshi for VOA News New Delhi.