December 16. Two years back, a young girl was brutally raped in a bus and thrown naked and fighting for life. The news sent shock waves across the country.
Today, the statistics still show that a woman is raped every 20 minutes in India. But has the Capital become any safer for women?
While with the very recent cab rape ­incident, it is evident that there remains a lot to be done, we also must look into the small but ­necessary changes our government has brought in and whether they have been any benefitting to the women.
In the Uber rape case, the victim’s father praised the police for their prompt investigation. While women still report cases of harassment every day, some say they have noticed a small yet significant difference in the police’s attitude.
"I once walked to the main road from office at midnight where autos were refusing to drive me home; a policeman came to my rescue and got me an auto. I could see that he felt responsible. That was the day I realised everyone’s not so ignorant," says 24-year-old Suvigya Sharma.
Meanwhile, fast-track courts have been established for quick trials, which otherwise took years. Sexual abuse in all forms — stalking, staring et cetera are being dealt with as serious offences. "Now, I travel in the Metro with some confidence. I once caught a man, in his 40s, staring at my bare legs. I stared back. He got intimidated and ­immediately changed his spot. I think men who are reading and are aware of the current laws, are still scared of doing anything like this. I can’t say the same for everyone though," says Megha Arora, 26, who works for a production company.
Jyoti Kaushal, 23, who usually takes an auto from work, shares her experience. "I was out of change and the auto stopped in the middle of an empty road in CP. Thankfully, a man came and gave me change, and asked me to leave, as it was not safe to be ­waiting," she says.