Safe Delhi- Utopia or Vision?


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Every once in a while when I picked up a newspaper the news horrified me. Every once in a while, when I watched TV the reality struck me and every moment when I wondered over living in Delhi, the issue pinned me. 

If being a guy, I can have so much problems with the rapes and the sexual harassment that goes on openly these days in our lovely capital, it is an unimaginable havoc for a girl. 
But then, guys and the patriarchal thinking are the sole culprits behind it and thus, change has to come from among us only.

My contribution to the change, to this cause was Safe Delhi. A campaign started over Facebook poised to soon become a revolution of raging youngsters who want to defend and protect an innocent girl’s rights. 

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Here is a brief introduction to the same:

Everyone is aware of the bad condition of the city in terms of safety and security of women. You know it must be bad when it earns the title of ‘rape capital of the country’. If anyone seems unaware or indifferent it is the administration and police.

SAFE Delhi aims to do exactly that. Build a united front of citizens who not only demand answers but also seek to get concrete measures taken in the direction of women’s safety. This initiative was launched on Facebook with the primary thought behind it being that in today’s day , there can be no better way of reaching out to the youth than social networking sites. The philosophy behind such an initiative, made up and run mostly by college students, is that the power of the youth is untapped in our country. Once a formidable front is formed, it would be impractical for anyone to ignore our voice and unintelligent, to deny us our rights.

The proposed course of action is to launch a mega program to draw in the youth to our initiative. Apart from online work, this will include sessions with NSS and WSDCs of various DU colleges and getting support from local RWAs. The demands range from seeking functional police help lines to asking for increased police patrolling, mandatory presence of female constable in all PCRs etc.

This is a student/youth initiative which needs popular backing to be able to demand any action or question the authorities. Have a look at SAFE Delhi on Facebook and decide if you want to be a part of this initiative which seeks to make Delhi a better place to live in.

The time is ripe and its NOW, that we take some action that makes our future a little happier and safer. I request you all solemnly to please have a look on our page and make your call.

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About Mayank Jain

@Mayank1029 on twitter.

Posted on July 4, 2012, in Not so quick thoughts and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Good Mayank. Appreciated. Though I’ve never resided in Delhi, somehow the impression of the city tells me that our capital in general lacks respect for women. Commendable fact – that some active minds have finally decided against taking it for granted.

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