Though there has been a surge in the rate of crime against women, a large number of cases of sexual assault go unreported as only a fraction of the victims approach police and most limit themselves to confiding with friends and family.
On the basis of crime data record from police and after talking to women of a cross section of society, HT zeroes in on the five most unsafe places for women in Jalandhar city. The places that have been found unsafe, not necessarily in this order.Model Town Market
Posh Model Town market, which is known as 'Geri Route' among youngsters, has emerged as one of the most vulnerable places for women. As showrooms of branded clothes and mobile phones are located in the area, it is visited by women from entire city and the presence of male youngsters in groups at every nook and cranny, especially in the evening, creates a fear among girls. Special women cops have been deployed in the area to restore a sense of security among women, but a large number of snatching incidents in the area has caused worry among police too.
Urban Estate-Nakodar Road
A 5km stretch connecting Urban Estate to Nakodar Road is deserted even during the day time, which makes it a vulnerable spot for women. A girl hostel of an engineering institute is situated here. Lack of streetlights has forced eves to avoid this route. Several access routes to the road from adjoining villages and no residential colony on the stretch have earned it the title of “terror road”. Even the city police do not deploy any woman cop in the area during night, due to fear of the latter's safety.
Several girl schools and colleges are situated on Ladowali Road. Colloquially, it is called “Majnu's Point” as several young males can be seen here, especially during the afternoon. Heavy traffic on the road has made it more vulnerable for girls as several incidents of eve-teasing have been reported from the area. Women Armed Special Protection Squad (WASPS) is deployed on the road to keep watch on male youngsters.
Inter-state bus terminus, Jalandhar
The area around the inter-state bus terminus is another vulnerable spot for women as a large number of snatching incidents have been reported from here. Although a temporary police post has been set up at the bus stand, during night time thin presence of cops, including male police, has made it a nightmare for women. In some snatching incidents it was noticed that accused boarded moving buses after snatching gold chains of women.
The city's reputed and biggest government girl school in situated in the area. A large number of reported incidents of eve-teasing, especially at the time of closure of school, have forced city police to deploy several WASPS cops in the area. Nabbing eve-teasers and awarding on-the-spot 'punishment' to them by the cops has become a routine in the area, still youngsters can be spotted in the area on their 'new bikes' to impress eves.
Additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP-crime) Harpreet Mandher admitted that these areas have already been identified as unsafe places for women and accordingly WASPS teams have been instructed to make frequent rounds of places unsafe for women.
“Apart from a special women helpline '1091', women in distress can call other police control room numbers - '100' or '181'. The police will reach them within minutes,” the ADCP said.
“However, apart from policing, public cooperation is a must to curb crimes against women, as before cops reach the spot a proactive approach of people can save the modesty of the victim,” he said.