95% of women don’t feel safe on Mumbai’s streets

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By Pamela Raghunath, Correspondent  www.gulfnews.com

Mumbai: Some 95 per cent of women in Mumbai have to grapple with sexual harassment on the streets on a daily basis — debunking the myth the city is the safest in India.

    *  Image Credit: Bloomberg     * Whether it is lewd comments, touching or violent attacks, 68 per cent of Mumbai’s women do nothing about it.
* Image Credit: Bloomberg * Whether it is lewd comments, touching or violent attacks, 68 per cent of Mumbai’s women do nothing about it.

“When the study was conducted, we did expect the sexual harassment incidents to be high but were quite shocked by the results,” says Elise Zenck, Information Officer of Akhshara, a women’s resource centre.

“It’s the men who have perpetrated the myth Mumbai is safe for women,” she adds.

Ninety five per cent of women interviewed in a Hindustan Times-Akshara survey conducted by Cfore, a market research company, revealed they had experienced some kind of harassment or assault. Whether it is lewd comments, touching or violent attacks, 68 per cent of Mumbai’s women do nothing about it while 15 per cent seek the help of police and only four per cent file a complaint. And only seven per cent call up helplines, although Helpline 103 is available across Maharashtra for women as well as senior citizens and children in distress. More info

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