They may be behind veils or driving around a sedan, but women voting in the city on Saturday had one common demand from the candidates —better security for them. Women turned out in huge numbers to cast their vote with many of them choosing candidates on the basis of their commitment to make the national Capital safer and secondly, bringing down prices.
For Shivani Pathak, a resident of Malviya Nagar, women safety is one issue that needs to be addressed by the new government.
Twenty-two-year-old Sanya Mehta, who voted in Vikaspuri, said, “It was a tough choice as none of the parties promised anything more than more CCTV cameras or better policing. I want a CM who is strict and builds a culture where women like me can travel alone without any fear.”
Mehta said she voted for a party that had a ‘cleaner’ image.
Out of 1.33 crore voters in the city, 59 lakh are women. And inspiring the younger voters were the veterans who ignored age and health to make it to the polling booths.
Pushpa Lata (92), said, “I have never missed voting as it is our right and everyone should utilise it. Voting is also a duty of every citizen. I voted for change, for someone who can bring in development. The new government should work towards helping everyone equally.”