Making Delhi safer for women: one reader’s (lengthy) comment

December 30, 2012

This lengthy comment showed up on Sunday on a blog post that we published more than a year ago. I’m republishing it here, and curious to hear what you think about it. This was submitted by “Hitesh104.” I make no statement of support or opposition. — Robert



I am a Gurgaon resident and wanted to get in touch with you all for a project on WOMAN PROTECTION IN INDIA which I want to pursue
I have some ideas which i wanted to share with you and seek your opinion on how we can make Delhi a safe place for woman.

The area of concern of this project is to focus on areas on how we can prevent incidents like Rapes/molestation/stalking/eve teasing/ domestic violence .The concerns which are visible on news channel are focussing on what should be done after the incident has happened.

I want to propose a system which should be put in place only for woman and their empowerment.

The intended result of the system if implemented would be total security for all woman in India (rural area and urban areas included)
Points As follows:

WPF would be a team of woman / young and bold girls who will be trained for defensive techniques and would be given certain tools which they can use at the time they catch the wrong doers. These tools are basically electric bars or rods (Tasers) which on click of button can make the other person unconscious or numb depending on thevoltage rating which is adjustable.
Taking Delhi as an example : Delhi can be divided into 4 areas- North, South, West, East. All these 4 areas need to be divided into sub areas. All sub areas need to be further divided into sub areas. Every sub-sub area would be guarded by the woman protection force. This team of extraordinary woman would be only dedicated only for the safety of woman in the areas allocated to them. This can be worked on a day shift and night shift basis as this duty has to be on 24 hrs and 7 days a week. They will have vehicles – bikes, jeeps, scooties, which will have a GPS locator to track the distress signal (Distress signal coming from a radio frequency chip) such as in mobile phones.
We can coordinate with Telecom providers to let the police hone into signals from which such distress calls are received for swift location and hence atleast be able to reach the scene of intended crime. More details on this “Chip” are below –

2) DISTRESS SIGNAL – RADIO FREQUENCY CHIP/DEVICE. Now, this device /chip would be part of clothing, accessory for every girl walking on the streets of Delhi at any point of time. This chip has to be modular and can fit with any kind of clothing or accessory. This kind of chip is used in Canada for the parents to track their children location. Its a part of the children’s uniform t-shirt collar.

Now, all of a sudden, if the girl/woman senses an attack , she can use that device to give a distress signal to the nearest woman protection force available for her help. Now, for her to give signal at the point of attack, she simply needs to press the button on the chip. Its like a lifeline. Now, even if she is on a moving bus or has been taken in a moving vehicle, her location can be tracked. If the vehicle is moving from one sub area to another sub area, the distress signal keeps getting low in one area and higher in the next area, where the vehicle is leading. The WPF of that area is on the move already as they have the information with them. In a matter of minutes, this vehicle can be caught and stopped and girl can be saved from a disaster.

3) ROAD BARRICADES FOR HALTING / TRAPPING RUNAWAY VEHICLES. Now, when the distress signal is helping us track the location of vehicle, then we can simply know where the road blocks can be made or activated for the vehicle to be stopped. Now, pushing the barricades manually onto the middle of that road on which the vehicle is moving is easier or having automatic pop up units installed at all signals can be really helpful. Which ever method is suitable, we can go in for that. Technology is ever growing and can be used for the betterment of the society.

4) WOMAN SELF DEFENSE PROGRAMMES. Organizing defense programmes for woman in all major localities of India (say Delhi for example) wherein lots of young girls and woman can spend 2-3 hrs and learn self defense techniques which will give them empowerment and they can be ready to face attacks , not only a the time of rape, but also if some wicked boys stalk her, or try eve teasing and molesting or even at the time of domestic violence. These programs will be organized by lady police officers.

5) POST ATTACK TRAUMA COUNSELLING. A dedicated team of doctors and trauma counselors would be put in place for making sure that the girl is ok after the kidnapping incident.

6) FAST TRACK COURTS FOR WRONG DOERS. When incident like these take place so swiftly, then creation of courts which can take swift decisions for the wrong doers does make sense at this point of time.

7) AWARENESS PROGRAMMES FOR “BEHAVIOUR TOWARDS WOMAN” & GENDER SENSITIZATION. Many types of awareness programmes can be organized on public places for a group of say 1000 people at a time by eminent speakers and leaders like Mrs. Kiran Bedi , Mrs. Mamta Sharma etc. These programmes would not only instill awareness, but also people would start feeling responsible for the safety of delhi as their own state and capital. A value added education to be started at school levels as a module for imparting education/awareness on behaviour towards woman. This would instill moral value in all students starting from the school level.

An awareness program for Woman’s rights can be organized in all rural and urban areas to let all Woman/girls know their rights. Making them aware about their rights is going to make a huge difference.

8) Informing concerned authorities about areas which are not well lit up and isolated.

9) Organizing a program for instigating the feeling of “ONE FOR ALL AND ALL FOR ONE” in colleges/corporate offices and workplaces which will help girls/woman deal with the problem of eve teasing and stalking powerfully.

10) Organizing a march or a parade in the night in various areas in India (once every fortnight) for sending out a clear message that Woman Can Come Out at anytime in the night and Can wear any kind of cloths.

11) Introducing special type of accessories which woman can choose to wear. This type of accessories are something which can handy to the woman at the time of attack. These items are called anti rape devices. For eg: For woman who generally wear jeans/trousers, they can wear a code lock belt along with it . Code lock belts are belts which can be opened with the help of a 3-digit number lock (the ones which you get to see in travel luggages) this will ensure that at the time of attack the girl can buy some time for herself before Woman Protection Force comes and saves her. Many more such cost effective accessories can be made for woman to use.

12) Auto rikshaws run by Woman can be something which can ensure safety for Woman. These auto rikshaws can be available at all major corners of the cities, villages, towns for ensure safe pick and drop for ladies.

13) In public transport- buses, there can be a divider which ensures that woman can sit one one side of the divider and male citizens can sit on the other side of the divider. All buses can be equipped with SOS distress signal facility in case of any problems and that signal can be again traced by GPS system available with WPF vehicles and police vehicles, for them to easily track the vehicle and stop it with immediate effect.

Apart from the above mentioned points, there maybe so many other ideas which can make a big difference to the society. But, ideas which prevent rapes, domestic violence, eve teasing, molestation, stalking from happening in the nights, broad daylight need to be focussed as its the need of the hour . We need to reach out to take opinions of people, especially students, teachers, NGOs, involve TV channels, radio channels and spread this message all across the country.

The mind of a rapist has always remained like this and will continue to do so. People can be made aware, but cant be guaranteed to have transformed their thinking.

The above measures would ensure not changing anything in the present scenario, but only putting in place a system backed by technology. Some fine tuning maybe required to make this system practically feasible and it can prove to be a great success.

Re-instating that the main aim of such a system is to empower woman, give them access to being strong in the face of so much crime and keeping this system in place, one day is sure to come when there will be degree of equality b/w men and woman. Our society wont be addressed as a male dominated society.

I am willing to stand for , participate and do everything in my control to make empowerment present for all girls/woman in Delhi/NCR and India on the whole

Its my humble request to you to kindly give me some feedback on the draft proposal above so that we can put in place a system for making India a safe place for woman

Your support in the form of suggestions, opinions, volunteering for taking surveys in your respective residence, getting us in touch with the NGOs, decision making authorities will be really helpful

Lets work together and make India a safer place for Woman

Jai Hind


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I like the idea of the chip. Can work more faster than speed dial on mobile, awareness programmes that eve teasing, groping is a crime. Many don’t recognize it as such. Sometimes its so scary to be surrounded by group of men passing lewd remarks, asking your number etc. While some find it funny, it’s not funny at all. I like all your suggestions.

Posted by Woman21 | Report as abusive

There are some great suggestion in here which can certainly make a big difference in cutting down the crime against women.

Posted by Puja_London | Report as abusive

I can’t get with Barkha Dutt on many things, but I agree with her on one point: eve teasing is a phrase whose expiration date has passed.

Posted by Robert MacMillan | Report as abusive

It looks to me as if we are treating Delhi as a rape capital of India and then we come with all those steps. It looks as if we have come to terms with the fact that Delhi’s men will continue to harass, molest and rape women.

If all the steps proposed were followed, could that have saved the Delhi rape victim? -does-gang-rape-explain-delhis.html

Posted by iabhi1498 | Report as abusive

Awareness, education and empowerment should reach the economically weak and socially unenlightened. Educated or not, male-dominated societies bordering Delhi will always pose a threat to liberated women in Delhi. No wonder, Delhi with 87% literacy is the worst place for a girl/woman to live. There should be some statistics available on the socidemography of rapists. How are the statistics in Kerala and Calcutta? How do cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai fare in safety for women? What cultural nuances influence these behaviors?

Posted by LiveThisDream | Report as abusive