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Women Safety Tip # 77
What we could Emulate from Chennai (WOSAF)
There were 4,037 incidences recorded in Chennai in 2000, a rate of 59.8 per 100,000 women, but by 2013, the number of crimes against women in that city had fallen to 838, a rate of 19.46 for every 100,000 females.
That’s the largest fall in the rate of such crimes recorded in any city in India over that period.
1. Police Sensitization and Presence
Increased police presence and a change in attitudes among police officers towards women.
2. Ease of Reporting
Need to improve the ease of reporting crimes.
Simple answer is not women police but police officers of both genders who are sensitive to the needs of those who come to them with complaints. Mobile complaint and counselling units travel to different neighborhoods to seek out complaints from those who might be hesitant to come forward.
3. Safer transport
Make women feel safer in public transport goes a long way to improving overall safety in the city. A woman constable travels on each bus on routes where harassment is highest.
4. Long-term Action
The harmful attitudes Indian men have towards women.
Start focusing on prevention, to tell people what is acceptable and what is not acceptable. Awareness campaigns target people in offices, schools, as well as in public spaces.
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