Women hold protest, want safety ensured
Updated On, 14 April 2012:
GURGAON: A group of women protested against the increasing crimes against women in Gurgaon in particular and in the state in general on Friday. Shouting slogans against the poor law and order situation, they demanded the state government and the Gurgaon administration to draw up a comprehensive plan to ensure their safety.
Most of the protesters were sympathizers of the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) and BJP. Palak Verma, a senior local HJC leader, said, "The protest is not against any individual or administration, but against the system. Women's access to public spaces is regulated by the threat of rape, with the assumption that women face greater chances of risk when they work till late at night. It means that women are expected to organize their life, work on the fear of rape at work or in public places. Failing this, they are blamed for inviting violence against them."
Another protester, Saroj Sarwan from BJP, said the city administration has told women to stay home after 8pm. "We need a mechanism that guarantees safety to women in private and public places," Sarwan added.