Here’s a scary statistic to consider on the occasion of Women’s Day: nine out of 10 women in urban India have been stalked, teased or sexually harassed. And here’s a sobering thought: 63% of them have been stalked, teased or sexually harassed either frequently or occasionally.
These are some of the findings of an extensive survey of 5,041 urban Indian women in the 15-50 age group commissioned by Hindustan Times and carried out by research organization Cfore on February 29 and March 1.
The survey, across 11 Indian cities — Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Patna, Ranchi, Lucknow, Chandigarh and Jaipur — has found that very few women (only one out of eight) registered sexual harassment complaints with the police.
Worse, seven out of 10 women who did approach the cops found their attitude unhelpful.