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No CCTVs; Women of Delhi are unsafe

When there was an outcry against brutal murder and rape of Nirbhaya, Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party’s National convener Arvind Kejriwal had promised to install 15 lakh CCTV cameras across the Capital city.  Delhi gang rape is still on people’s minds, with nothing changed even after two years of the incident. CCTV’s in the most crowded areas of Delhi are still missing, as Kejriwal is now least bothered about women and her safety.

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Delhi’s deficit

Delhi has a lot of deficiencies when it comes to safety of women. According to the data of 2015-16 (till 14 February), since AAP came to power, there has been a stark rise in the incidents of rape and molestation. Almost 250 cases of Rape and more than 350 cases of molestations had been registered per month, only in Delhi. While the capital city’s crime graph continues to ascend, AAP government is yet to fulfill its promise and install 15, 00000 CCTV cameras.

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AAP has failed

It’s been more than one year now that the AAP government is still not able to formulate a city-wide policy for acceptable certifications and getting security clearances. When would be tender floated, when would 15 lakh CCTV cameras get installed by AAP government?

No helpline No., No Punishment for offenders

AAP government just gained publicity by announcing a series of measures in past one year, but has failed on providing Helpline Number to the females travelling in the DTC buses. Anti-rape law that imposes stricter punishment for sex crimes does not get implemented after AAP had announced the same, they are the ones now who are protecting rapists.

Public transport is one of the critical spaces where sexual harassment takes place, so installation of CCTVs is essential in the buses. When a woman raises her voice against the person who tries to invade her personal space in a bus, nobody supports her. Indeed they face harassment and often suffered these experiences in silence as they feared retaliation.

Views of Women

Anuradha Grover, a Delhi teacher, confirms the trend, “Since my college days, I used to travel by DTC buses and have seen no change over the years. Generally, a student or young girl fails to deal with the harassment and if she decided to raise her voice against eve-teasing or molestation, there is no help forthcoming”.

No “do’s and Dont’s” work! I was given a long list by my mother when I started commuting by DTC buses in Delhi”, says Garima, who is just 25. “Even Metros don’t seem to be safe for women commuters”, she adds.

India’s Rape Capital – Delhi

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Instead of improving the image of Capital city which is now-a-days being called “India’s Rape capital”, Kejriwal enjoys his leisure trips – first 10 days in Bengaluru and now 10 days in Punjab in the name of election campaign.

Kejriwal had also promised to deploy 10,000 Home Guards and Marshall’s for women security in buses. Not even a single Home Guard has been engaged for this task while many Nirbhaya’s continue to be molested in the absence of street lights and poor public transport in Delhi. Most vital thing is installation of those 15 lakh CCTV cameras that were promised by Kejriwal in his election manifesto.

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Is it safe for women to travel alone in Delhi?

There are endless numbers of threats being faced by women of Delhi, and that is why women’s safety in Delhi has been in the news ever since AAP government came to power. While Kejriwal talked much about providing safety for women; eve-teasing, assault, molestation and most seriously rape cases in the Capital city have increased in the past one year.

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When women don’t feel safe even in their own streets, what to talk about public places and public transport of Delhi, as it has become the terrain of the huntsman. Every single moment women of Delhi has to fight their way to a basic life with dignity. Many women have expressed their concerns about traveling alone in Delhi; many more have opted not to move out of their homes. Delhi transport, as once promised by Kejriwal, fails to provide any CCTV cameras and marshals deployed.

Kejriwal, a Hypocrite

We should confront the horrid truth that Kejriwal is a hypocrite, as is the one who supported and even provided assistance to the killer and rapist of Nirbhaya in setting up of a tailoring shop. Mortal Nirbhaya gang-rape saw an outburst on the streets of Delhi – protests decrying the fragile status of women in the National capital.

Kejriwal, at that time had promised to deploy 10,000 Home guards and Marshalls for women security in buses of Capital city but not even a single Home guard has been engaged by Delhi government till date while many women continue to be molested in Delhi.

How can Kejriwal assure women of Delhi about their safety when women are not safe in his own Aam Aadmi Party? AAP women wing woman leader, Amandeep Kaur, had to resign from the party charging the male leaders of the party making her fake pictures viral on social media.

  • “Every single day in Delhi, a young girl is being trafficked into flesh trade by wither her poor parents or by the kidnappers”, NGO working with women official said.
  • “Twice or thrice in a week, cases of Acid attacks on women in Delhi come to our notice”, another Official from Stop Acid Attack says.

This is the time for women of Delhi to stand bravely by each other and demolish the AAP, which just talked lofty about women empowerment and women safety but have failed badly during the reality check.

“Women of Delhi definitely want Delhi to be safer place for themselves as well as their friends and daughters”