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As the crime graph rises in the Capital, those who stay out late are becoming vulnerable, writes Sonal Srivastava.

india Updated: Aug 08, 2006 17:10 IST

These days, the country’s Capital is flaunting a dubious tag — of crime capital. With reports of murder and other crimes as saulting our senses regularly, there’s not a single group of people in the city that is safer than the rest.

Young or old, rich or poor, everyone’s on target and equally vulnerable. In this scenario, have you ever wondered what it must be like to be out on the road at night, alone? It’s nothing short of making oneself more susceptible to attacks.

Young risks

More and more young people today are staying out late at night — for work as well for celebrations. They are a potential target group for criminals lurking in the dark because crime knows no gender, creed or caste.

Remember the case of TV channel reporters, who were attacked while returning home at night sometime back? More recently, an employee of a reputed hotel was robbed while returning home on his bike after work in South Delhi. And the nation already knows well enough about the dangers that haunt BPO executives working night shifts.

Says Ruchika Mehta, 26, whose job as a hospitality executive ensures that she drives home often late at night: “I don’t feel safe at night in a public transport. I prefer to drive my own vehicle. However, my friends mostly follow me to ensure that I reach home safely.”

But is that really the solution? Moreover, late night celebration can be checked, but what can you do about your work? Not much and as repeated cases of crime prove, there is little that the system can do either. DCP (East Delhi), Madhup Tewari feels being alert helps.

“Don’t drink and drive and be prepared for self-defence if the need arises,” he says.

Home insecure

Forget the safety at road, these days, being at home too doesn’t ensure any safety.

As various cases prove, it’s very easy for any criminal to break through the socalled security guarding even the plushest apartments in the city. Most residential localities have a barricade and all those entering the colony have to give information about themselves.

But what we found was amazing — whether your address reads USA of Jhumri Talaiyya, the guards are not bothered.

Anu Das, 30, whose house was robbed last year, says, “The security agencies ask you to provide the details of the domestic servants, but the fact is even if you provide the details, no one actually comes to verify. I suspect my servant in the robbery at my place but nothing has been done till now.”

So, if you are actually caught in a grim situation, either trust your legs and run or simply look skywards and pray.

First Published: Aug 08, 2006 17:10 IST