India Insight

Women still feel unsafe in India’s rape capital

Assurances from the police and a new anti-rape law have done little to make the streets of New Delhi safer for women, especially for those using public transport, interviews conducted by the Reuters India Insight team show.

The December incident, in which a 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist died two weeks after she was gang-raped in a moving bus, raised questions over women’s safety in India and sparked debate over how men treat women all over the country.

A teenager has been sentenced to three years in juvenile detention and a court is expected to announce its verdict on the four adults accused of the crime on Tuesday. (Update: Four men convicted and sentenced to death)

The India Insight team travelled in Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses and Delhi Metro trains, and spoke to nearly 50 commuters. The Delhi gang rape is still on people’s minds, with many saying things haven’t changed nine months after the incident. Insecurity has also set in, forcing some to adapt to the new environment.

“In foreign countries, even if you wear shorts, nothing happens; we have to change because we can’t change the attitude … I wear sports shoes so that (if) something happens I could run. I never wear chappals (slippers) nowadays,” said Thoudam Regina, an analyst at the department of science and technology in the central government.

Does India want its ‘Metro man’ to resign?

If the early comments on the Great Debate are anything to go by, it seems there is still a lot of goodwill towards Elattuvalapil Sreedharan.

The man behind the Delhi metro, seen as one of India’s most successful infrastructure projects, resigned on Sunday after part of a rail bridge in the capital collapsed and killed six people.

Sreedharan had enjoyed a towering profile as a civil engineer who got things done — and quickly. In the words of his spokesman, Sreedharan “can walk into the prime minister’s office. He has a reputation that he carries.”