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Women’s safety audit report comes as eye-opener, joint task force soon

india Updated: Jun 05, 2012 00:13 IST
Deevakar Anand

A joint task force comprising personnel from the police, excise and labour departments will be set up soon to make Gurgaon a safer place for women.

This assurance came from police commissioner KK Sindhu when a delegation of women activists recently met him with a memorandum and demanded better security measures.

Having the labour and excise department officials in the panel will ensure better and timely coordination for action against mall shops and pubs where several women work.

The activists also demanded more efficient and swift response from the PCR vans when people in distress dial 100.

They also submitted a safety audit report carried out in Gurgaon last month on the lines of a survey conducted in the national Capital and those conducted globally by groups like Women in Cities International (WICI).

The first-of-its-kind exercise in Millennium City had volunteers from NGOs and groups like Jagori, Girlcott campaign (which shunned shopping over a weekend to protest rising crime against women), Let’s Walk Gurgaon and Saksham visiting streets, malls, residential areas and gathering responses of women and commuters on the Mall Mile – a 2.5-km stretch of the MG Road between Iffco Chowk and Sikanderpur Metro station.

Audit report findings

There are several factors that increase vulnerability of women. Pavements, which are either too high, narrow or broken, ill-designed streetlighting that illuminate only the roads and not service lanes and pavements and liquor vends with open drinking places (ahatas) are some problem factors, the report has underlined.

Desolate streets at night and women to men ratio of 1:12 near malls are worrying signs. On the other hand, presence of crowded markets, like the one at Sikanderpur, instills confidence among women.

While the report praised the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation for its well-designed Metro stations, it stressed setting up of pre-paid autorickshaw booths.