A year-long survey and audit by SafetiPin, a Gurgaon based organisation, reveals that Gurgaon scored very low on nine parameters which are crucial for women safety. SafetiPin is a social enterprise that provides technology solutions to make cities safer for women.
The city has been rated ‘below average’, with a score of 3.5 on the parameters of lighting, openness, visibility, crowd, security, footpaths, transport, gender usage, and safety.
Kalpana Vishwanath, founder of SafetiPin, said that lack of streetlights, footpaths, inadequate police presence, dark areas, poor public transport and lack of public discussion have created unsafe conditions for women in the city.
South City 2, Artemis Hospital Road, Belvedere Park near Cyber City, Ardee city, Sector 57, Hilton Garden Road, Badhshahpur Road and Sushant Lok Vyapar Kendra were found to be exceptionally unsafe spots for women commuters. SafetiPin users reported maximum incidents of harassment, inappropriate physical contact, lewd comments and improper glances in these areas.
There is a lack of adequate lighting on most of the roads across the city and particularly in these unsafe areas. Even crowded areas like Iffco Chowk, Leisure Valley Road, DLF Phase 3, Chakkarpur-Saraswati Vihar junction and Subash Chowk Road are particularly short of street lights. Good lighting and higher public presence on roads lead to increased feeling of security among women, the reason why areas with mixed-land use in the city and parts of Old Gurgaon are rated safer by women commuters.
Vishwanath said better urban infrastructure, transport and more policing is the key to make Gurgaon a better place for women.