January 23rd, 2012
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Migrants responsible for increase in women assault cases: Sheila

sheela-deekshitNew Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit defended the city’s infrastructure facilities and put the blame on all migrants for the rise in the harassment and assault on women in the capital city. In a recent survey conducted by the state Women and Child Welfare it was found out that poorly lit streets, narrow roads and overcrowded public transport system with negligible security is to be blamed for an persistent increase in women abuse and assault cases. Women in the survey said that the poor infrastructure make them feel insecure when out of the confines of their homes.

According to Sheila Dikshit the migrants and the mentality of the people have to be blamed. “90-95% of the harassment and assault cases on women take place inside their homes. The same people come out on roads and commit the same crimes. What is needed is a change in the mentality,” said Dikshit. “Delhi glitters”, she added.

Estimated figures say that 200,000 to 300,000 people a year settle in Delhi permanently from other states in India as migrants. These people come in search of employment and education opportunities and become the permanent resident of Delhi. A large portion of New Delhi’s population is  formed by this section of migrants coming from other states. Last year 66% women had reported the cases of harassment. This is merely the statistics of reported crimes where as several go unreported.


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