Vox Pop: Patiala women tells how safe is the royal city?
No place seems to be safe for women, as 75% women in Chandigarh have faced sexual harassment of some kind at public functions, student centres or in public transport in the past 1 year. The numbers are not any better in SAS Nagar. How safe are public places and transport in your city? What steps are needed to ensure women safety in such places?punjab Updated: Nov 24, 2013 17:00 IST
No place seems to be safe for women, as 75% women in Chandigarh have faced sexual harassment of some kind at public functions, student centres or in public transport in the past 1 year. The numbers are not any better in SAS Nagar. How safe are public places and transport in your city? What steps are needed to ensure women safety in such places?
Commuting in public transport alone is next to impossible for women in Patiala. Often elderly men tease young girls. They harass and molest them publicly and try to establish physical contacts with females while travelling. We have no faith in police, thus the only way out is to punish the molesters in publicly.
Baljit Nahal, student
Even policemen harass females while travelling in public transport. Drunkards and drug addicts are the ones who trouble girls the most. Even women police do not help the females who are harassed and teased right under their nose.
Harmanpreet Kaur, student
I commute from Khanna daily, and thus, know the amount of daily harassment every female goes through. Just to touch the females, they push them purposely. Any female boarding the bus wearing western outfit is considered a source of entertainment for male co-passengers; they all stare at her. The only way out is to sensitise people.
Manisha Taneja, student
Over the years, eve-teasing cases have increased and the worst affected lot is teenagers, as they do not know how to confront the culprits. Girls must be given classes in self-defence at school levels. The authorities must ensure a safe environment for girls.
Rupam Jasmeet Kaur, professor
Public places are not safe for women, often it is seen if a lady is standing alone, men approach her with wrong intentions and harass her. More patrolling and police deployment are needed at public places to ensure safety of women.
Ramanjot Kaur, research scholar:
Public transport drivers and conductors often threat girls and trouble them, females can't even think of travelling alone during late night hours in public transports, as most of the men are drunk and fear no law or order. Until and unless the guilty are brought to books, men will keep troubling women.
Karamjit Kaur, research scholar
Today, even at home, women are not secure, they are looked down upon and men have no fear in harassing and humiliating them. The moment one steps out of house, fear of being stared or stalked about by a group of men haunts us. Police are not serious about their duty, which is the reason crime against women is rising.
Amrita Kaur, homemaker
I fear while sending my daughter to school, for the bus conductors and drivers leave no chance to harass little girls. Many young girls have been kidnapped from our colony yet the authorities have failed to act. We have lost our faith in the system, the only way out is to make your daughter strong enough to tackle men.
Ravinder Kaur, homemaker