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Women unsafe in Indian mega cities, says panel

May 13, 2013

Modern police apparatuses in big cities are no guarantee of safety for women, a Parliamentary panel said on Saturday, disclosing something that we could never have guessed. Delhi accounts for the highest rates of crimes against women at 13.3 per cent of crime rate, followed by Bangalore, Hyderabad and Vijayawada, it says. The surprise entries are Bangalore and Hyderabad.

Delhi accounts for 17.6 per cent rape, 31.8 per cent of kidnapping and abduction and 14 per cent of dowry death and 10.1 per cent of molestation cases among the 53 mega cities in the country.

Against the backdrop of the gruesome rape of a young Delhi girl in a moving bus, the Parliamentary panel has warned that mega cities could become an even more "dangerous place" for women and children if the government does not move appropriately. The Committee on Empowerment of Women said that the mega cities are becoming a “safe haven” for criminals and prescribed an urgent need to overhaul the “tattered policing system” and giving it a human face.

The 74-page report, tabled earlier this week in the just concluded Budget session of Parliament noted that 33,789 cases of crime against women were reported from 53 mega cities with over 10 lakh population in 2011 as compared to 24,335 in 2010.

The panel headed by Member of Parliament Rajkumari Ratna Singh notes that the spate of crimes against women in mega cities has not been contained incidents of rape, molestation, abduction of women and children have become a “daily, shameful affair.”

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