Dear Editor,Safety of women in India has become a major issue now. The crime rate against women have risen to a great extent.Women think thrice before stepping out of their homes, especially in evening and at night. This is, unfortunately, the sad reality of our country that woman lives in constant fear.What is the need of new technologies and development when we can’t even provide a safe environment to our mothers, sisters or daughters?Women in India have been given equal rights as men; however, people do not follow this rule. They contribute to the growth and development of our country; still, they are living in a fear.Women are on respected positions in the country, but if we take a look behind the curtains, we can see even then they are being exploited.Each day we read about horrific crimes being committed against women in our country like it’s a norm. For few weeks it remains in news and in our gossips and soon we all forget and move on.There are at least five to ten news articles that tell us about the horrific details of the various crimes done against women.It is extremely painful to watch the status of women’s safety in our country where women are given the stature of goddesses.The list of crimes against women is quite long, to say the least.Acid attacks, rapes are becoming very normal in various parts of the country. The criminal throws acid on the face of the victim to destroy her life completely.Moreover, domestic violence and honour killings are very common. The wife stays in an abusive relationship because of the fear of society.The family kills their daughters in the name of honour to keep up with this reputation.Due to the regressive thinking, people kill daughters before they are born.The only way to give women a safe environment is to teach men and take strict action against culprits. The government must make stringent laws that ensure punishment of criminals immediately. Fast track courts must be set so victim gets justice instantly. This will serve as a great example for such men to not commit crimes against women.Most importantly, men must be taught to respect women from an early age. They need to respect and treat women equally. When you consider someone inferior, you tend to oppress them. If this thinking goes away, half of the crimes will automatically end. we must ask the men to change their thinking and work to make the world a safer place for women.Women must have the freedom to live life in a fearless environment and it is our duty to make this possible.Women have the right to be free from violence, harassment and discrimination. Removing the barriers of an unsafe environment can help women fulfil their potential as individuals and as contributors to work, communities and economies.We need to bring a change and awareness among people. It is unfortunate that our society, families, schools and institutions fail to bring awareness among children, youths regarding sex, sex-related crimes etc. No proper counseling is provided to grown-up boys and girls. The girls cannot share their problems with anyone even if they are bullied, harassed.We need to change such attitude.Initially we can encourage activities like street surveillance, helpline with immediate action. One thing I would like to mention is Bollywood must stop the culture of objectifying women. The culture of item-girl needs to be put to an end. Instead they can focus on strong lead roles for women, roles that give women due respect. If we need to shift the mindset of society at large, film industry can play a significant role.If each of us did our bit, we would be able to end this horrific violence against women and make world a happier, more equal and inclusive space for all.Sugandha Sharma,Greater Kailash.
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