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200 protesters hit the streets for a safer Gurgaon

india Updated: Apr 14, 2012 01:33 IST
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To protest the spurt in incidents of crime against women in Haryana, nearly 200 women staged a demonstration outside the district court on Friday.

The protest was organised by the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) and the BJP.

The protesters urged the state government and the Gurgaon administration to draw up a comprehensive plan to ensure women's safety.

Following the abduction and gang-rape of a pub worker last month, women fear venturing out in the Millennium City, said the protesters.

"The protest is not aimed at any individual or administration, but the system. Womens' access to public spaces is regulated by threat of rape, with the assumption that women face greater risk when working during the late night hours. It means that women are expected to live under the fear of being raped and then take the blame for having "invited" the violence of rape," said Palak Verma, HJC worker.

"Washing its hands off the increasing number of rape cases in the city, the Gurgaon administration has told women not to venture out and work after

8pm. All malls and commercial establishments have been asked to seek permission from the labour department if their women employees need to work beyond 8pm. We need mechanisms that guarantee safety of women in private and public places," said Saroj Sarwan, another BJP worker.

"Curbing their right to mobility, as Gurgaon's deputy commissioner recently tried to do, is not the answer."