DNA Campaign: Dark spots a scare for women in Capital
Shweta Sharma (name changed), a 27-year-old marketing executive who works in South Delhi felt something unusual as she stepped out of a cafe after meeting her friends. A young guy in his 20s was following her. The distance between the cafe and the area she had to reach was barely 400 metres but that 6-7 minute walk for her is unforgettable.
“I felt uncomfortable. The sound of the steps walking towards me was daunting. While walking, he came so close that I could feel his face behind my head. I started moving fast so as to reach my car. It was horrifying,” recalls Sharma.
This is not an isolated case. Women in the city are increasingly feeling unsafe in all the public spaces — be it bus stops, subways, outside Metro stations, buses, marketplaces, or even in parks. Many of them believe that some public spaces are inaccessible to them, the reasons — harassment, social perceptions and presence of men.
Almost every woman commuter in the city has her own share of horrifying experiences. Isolated stretches, unlit streets and drunken auto-drivers and rickshaw pullers make it more difficult for a woman to survive in the Capital.
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