4 years have passed since the tragic incident that happened on the busy streets of Delhi in the month of chilly December leaving behind the shackles of humanity. A young paramedical student dubbed “Nirbhaya” was badly raped and killed in the bus that she hired to reach back her home with her friend. Thousands of protests took place after the incident and gained support from people across the borders.
But the pertinent question that still disturbs the sanctity of womanhood is that
“How safe the womenfolk is Post Nirbhaya “. Is it safe to roam the streets at any hour of the day?
To get the answer we at MaStyle Care took the views and opinions from some of the working women across the country.
Here is what they say about the safety of woman on Indian streets:
Smriti Singhal, Co-Founder, The Education Tree, Delhi
“We have come a long way if we see the women development cells have come into existence or have become active. The girls have become more courageous, the hesitation about such issues is declining, now the girl is no more seen as a ‘bechari’ but as a fighter. So people have begun respecting women more and have begun paying heed to such issues. It is more a taboo.
But changing the mindset of people will take time, there is a long way to go. Also, we need to be aware of the mobile applications and the facilities and laws made by the government for the same.“
Samiksha Jain-Founder, YoWomaniya
“It’s been 4 years and I don’t think that there is any kind of visible change that has been made from the authorities. Everyday, I read about some or the other girl getting raped. Giving an excuse regarding her clothes or her actions does not justify the act. A 4-year old girl does not invite anyone!
I have to think multiple times before stepping out of home at night for any kind of work. I don’t feel safe even near to my home.
To improve the scenario, I think the laws has to be more strict. By laws, I mean the treatment facility of the victim should be done in private hospitals without any hustle bustle, unbiased and free of cost.“
Neha Chauhan, Journalist, Delhi
“Recently I was travelling to Huda grounds for some exhibition and I was in an auto. The route that led to the exhibition area was lonely and not even a single street light was there. As I was in a hurry, i asked my auto driver to rush and he was quite quick in driving. Suddenly a esteem car crossed our way and 3 persons with heavy built were inside it. They actually stopped the car in the way leading my auto to stop. i shivered in fear and asked my auto driver to move on. Though nothing happened but seriously I was like that I am gone at that moment. One of the guy came out of the car and asked the driver for route towards the metro. He was looking at me while talking to the driver and i was actually shivering. When the car went away i actually took deep breath and swear not to visit that place again at night.“
Simran Oberoi Multani-Founder and Owner, Ovenderful, Bangalore
“Women are still not safe to roam the cities with a free mind on certain times of the day. Yes technology has been an enabler and helped us become more connected when we are on the move, with our loved ones.
But nothing has happened to sensitize the masses on firstly, removing shame from a rape victim’s name and attaching it to the rapist.
We can observe as many protests and as many death anniversaries for the young girl who lost her life in the most horrific of ways. But our legal system has yet to punish anyone despite the rulings.“
Aastha Singh-Assistant Registrar, NSIT, Delhi
“After Nirbhaya’s incident we saw the entire nation came together for providing justice to her family but also witnessed some lawyers who had rather different point of views which all in all blamed her for what happened to her. Sensitisation of the masses is the need of the hour which would not come through regular membereducation but through educating the masses about how and why they should raise their sons into gentlemen who feel for the problems of women on professional as well as personal level.
There are a couple of initiatives that the police has taken to improve women safety in places Hauz Khas and CP particularly on weekends. But that is not enough because the presence of women personnel on the streets is almost non- existent. Authorities must ensure that their job is to facilitate individuals and not create other bigger problems for them when approached by some woman who is in trouble. A task force must be separately created and deployed on the streets 24*7 whose job should be to ensure women safety only along with CCTV cameras that need to be deployed on every street mostly the ones that are lonely. More no. of PCR movement must be ensured by the authorities as well.“
Pooja Bohra, Director-SOUL NGO, Delhi
“Nirbhaya left us all united. From safety measures to new laws for women, there has been a lot of change that we all see and are still witnessing but has anything actually changed?
Being a girl, no matter how strong I might be, travelling and going out at nights is a concern. We should understand that implementing law isn’t the solution what we need is a system where everybody respects rules and more than that we respect each other as individuals.“
Salma Memon-Founder Umeed, Mumbai
“Nothing much has changed when it comes to safety of women in our Nation. Since the tragic gang rape. Still the same cases are happening and there is no justice. We are waiting for the day when this idiots will be hang on.
But on the other hand i must say that yes youngsters and NGOs have joined hands together and created various awareness by rally, street plays and media has also played an important role to fight and face the problem.“
Nupur Bhardwaj, Founder &President LECIN, Delhi
“There are thousands of incidents which have had happened to me in my initial college days. I used to commute through a DTC Bus in those days. A lot of men would stare at me even If I am wearing a Suit or a skirt. So the clothes that we wear doesn’t matter to them. They are just like that. I can recall an incident when an old man who was sitting next to me was trying to touch my thighs, I was so scared that I couldn’t say a word to him, i just got up and changed my seat. I was in my first year of college then, I was innocent I haven’t seen or experienced things like these before but gradually I got used to these things and started thinking maybe this is how it is supposed to be. But now I’m much more confident. I believe in myself. I’m strong enough to fight for myself.“