The heinous incident of brutal attack and gang rape of a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi on Sunday night it seems has created fear psychosis among city women. While some are asking their young daughters to return home on time, others are planning to curtail these youngsters’ social life and even cancel New Year parties. Reason: Women do not find Pune city safe anymore.
Bhakti Ekbote, a homemaker and mother of two girls said, “I have shown my daughters a video which sensitises them about any kind of harassment,” she said, adding that she becomes anxious for her daughters when they are late in returning home.
After the horrific Delhi incident, mothers have unusually become candid with their daughters. Yugandhara Tamhankar, the mother of a teenage girl, admitted that she has been asking her daughter to be extra vigilant when she is outdoors and raise an alarm if she senses any kind of harassment.
Minal Jain, the mother of a nine-year-old girl, said that she has asked her daughter not to go out alone. “I have also instructed her not to go close to any acquaintance, and to inform me if she visits any of her friends’ place,” she said.
Meanwhile, students in the city are also becoming extra cautious after the Sunday crime. Anaya Mudley, a Bachelor of Computer Science student in a city college said, “Pune is fast losing its tag of one of the safer cities for women. Anybody could be a victim of such harassment and we really need security at public places.”
Nidhi Gujarathi, a student said, “I make it a point to return home early. In case there is some urgent work outdoors, I ensure that I am accompanied by some known person. My family has also advised me to avoid talking to strangers. I feel very unsafe, especially with my working hours stretching into late evenings.”
“With a huge spurt in the number of crimes against women, my family is worried about my safety,” working professional Lata Raghu said.
However, despite coming from different walks of life, these women only want that such culprits should be punished severely in a fast-track court.