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Drunk men, lewd comments, sexual harassment make life tough for women in Delhi


Priyanka Dube,CNN-IBN
Dec 18, 2012 at 12:43pm IST

New Delhi: Delhi prides itself as a metro where thousands of women step out to work everyday. CNN-IBN took to public transport at night to discover how insecure the national capital can make women feel.

Twenty-five-year-old lawyer Misha is one of them. Her hectic work means that sometimes she leaves office late. But finding safe public transport in Delhi is not just difficult, but also risky. "Anywhere you can be followed, autos don't stop, in buses you get groped," she says.

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CNN-IBN decided to travel in Delhi buses at night and talk to women travellers. At 9:30 pm, there was not even a single woman on the bus. "Men are drunk in buses, even at bus stops they pass lewd comments," said a woman passenger.

Even men admit that these buses are not the safest public transport for women in the night. The gangrape of a paramedical student has once again highlighted how the national capital is becoming increasingly unsafe for women. While the government keeps promising action, Delhi residents showed how the reality has changed little on the ground. The fact remains that something must be done, and soon, to stop this shame.

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