40 % Delhi women faced sexual harassment last year: Study
New Delhi, March 30, 2016 (PPI-OT):About 40 percent of women surveyed in Delhi said that they have been sexually harassed in a public place such as a bus or park in the past year, with most of the crimes occurring in the daytime, said a report. The study published in the journal International Criminal Justice Review further says that women in Delhi hardly feel safe. The study found 40 percent of the women surveyed in the Indian capital reported sexual harassment in the past year.
The women said they have been sexually harassed in a public place such as a bus or park in the past year, with most of the crimes occurring in the daytime. All this happened despite introduction of legislation after the December 16, 2012, rape and murder of a woman by a group of men on a moving bus in Delhi. The law doubled prison terms for rape and criminalised voyeurism and stalking.
The results based on a survey of some 1,400 men and women in the capital city further revealed that 33 percent of women have stopped going out in public and 17 percent have quit their jobs. “What this means is that women, despite 2012 rape incident, are still afraid,” said one of the researchers, Mahesh Nalla, professor of criminal justice at Michigan State University in the US.
“Women in India do not feel safe being in public spaces, which is clearly a human rights issue,” Nalla noted. Nalla and co-investigator Manish Madan, assistant professor at Sweden’s Stockton University, surveyed the people in New Delhi on a host of issues and found that 40 percent of female respondents were sexually harassed in the past year and 58 percent were sexually harassed at least once during their lifetime.
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