India: From burqas to red chilli powder: How the women of Delhi feel ‘safe’ in public places

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March 31, 2016 – There is a simple reason why cases of sexual harassment and eve-teasing keep surfacing every now and then.

It’s because, they ARE prevalent.

And if you think the above mentioned topics are “blown out of proportion”, “overhyped” or “given way too much importance, you are in dire need of a reality check.

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And the reason to bring it up this time around is a recent survey that has gone on to reveal that 40 per cent of women in Delhi experienced sexual harassment in 2015. The study that was published in the journal, International Criminal Justice Review, said that these incidents took place mainly in public spaces, and happened during broad daylight.

While these figures are enough to reveal the ugly and very-prevalent truth about sexual harassment, we asked the women of Delhi to share their thoughts on the topic, the survey and how they do their bit in keeping themselves ‘safe’ from social evils like sexual harassment and eve-teasing.

A young lady, who did not want to appear on camera went on to say, “I’ve gone to the extent of wearing a burqa up till the washroom of a night club, because I did not want to step out in a dress.”

Yet another said, “I’m not a young woman any more, but I still don’t feel safe while travelling in a bus or simply walking alone after a certain hour of the day. It’s like I have to have a total of 6 eyes on me, because I can’t help but turn around to make sure no one is following me.”

Here’s what some others had to say about sexual harassment and eve-teasing, and what they do to keep themselves ‘safe’ from the lurking danger.


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