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Women activists carry out safety audit on MG Road

Deevakar Anand, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, April 30, 2012
First Published: 00:37 IST(30/4/2012) | Last Updated: 00:38 IST(30/4/2012)

To determine the "unsafe spots" in the city and check rising crimes against women, two residents' groups and an NGO joined forces on Saturday to conduct Gurgaon's first 'Safety Audit'.

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Members of NGO Jagori, leisure walk group Let's Walk Gurgaon and Girlcott patrolled a 2.5-km stretch on Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road and gathered responses from men and women on factors that make them feel safe or unsafe on city roads.

Divided into two teams, women volunteers visited streets, malls and residential areas between Sikanderpur Metro station and Iffco Chowk (also known as the Mall Mile) and talked to commuters to identify "trouble spots" and "trouble factors".

The teams found that well-lit areas and crowded places like the Sikanderpur fish market are considered "safer" by respondents. Presence of hawkers too gave women more confidence and a sense of security while walking through a stretch.

On the other hand, lack of pavements and inadequate police presence trigger a sense of fear among women.

The audit was on lines of a similar exercise conducted in the national capital and those conducted internationally by groups like the Women in Cities International (WICI).

More such audits are in the offing as the groups are planning to scan more stretches for safety factors.

The group will find out the "most relevant safety factors" and submit a report to the deputy commissioner and ask for appropriate measures to ensure the security of women in the city.

Earlier, the members of the Girlcott group had shunned spending money for a weekend to protest against rising crime against women.


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