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Gurgaon’s Safety audit by NGO from Saturday

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, April 23, 2012
First Published: 00:18 IST(23/4/2012) | Last Updated: 00:20 IST(23/4/2012)

A group of activists will carry out a security audit from Saturday to identify "vulnerable spots" in Gurgaon to ensure safety of women. The activists of NGO Jagori would submit their findings to the authorities.

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The first audit will begin around 7pm on the Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road between Iffco Chowk and Sikanderpur Metro station. The stretch is popularly known as the ‘Mall Mile’.

The initiative came in the wake of rising crime against women in the city.

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

The volunteers- both men and women - will visit streets, malls, residential areas and gather responses of women and commuters on safety issues.

A petition would then by given to the deputy commissioner to demand action.

Several organizations such as Let's Walk Gurgaon, music group Gurgaon Drum Circle and other women groups have pledged their support to the safety audit. Activists behind the 'Girlcott' campaign, launched from April 13 to 15, will also join the initiative.

Meanwhile, a delegation of Gurgaon Renewal Mission met chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday. The delegation submitted a memorandum, seeking CM’s intervention on the issue.


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