New Delhi: In the backdrop of the horrific and brutal gangrape of a 23-year-old paramedical student inside a chartered bus in the capital on December 16, 2012 by six men, citizens have voiced for better policing and effective laws to help women feel safe in the city. The CNN-IBN State Of The Nation Survey conducted in ten cities after the barbaric incident reveals that India wants police to play a sympathetic role while dealing with cases of crimes against women, so that they feel confident to report a rape at a police station.
The CNN-IBN State Of The Nation Survey revealed that most respondents said there experience at a police station was neither too good nor bad. While, 26 per cent said they were dealt with in a decent manner, 18 per cent said there experience was very bad.
More than 90 per cent women respondents said they never visited a police station or contacted a police official on roads or in PCR vans to complain about any crime against women. However, as many as 28 per cent respondents said they would rate their experience of complaining to the police about any crime as good. Meanwhile, 19 per cent said they had a very bad experience while complaining and 42 per cent said that it did not stop them from reporting matters or lodging complaints with the police. Though 39 per cent said that after their negative experience they did not approach police again.
Surprisingly 65 per cent respondents said that they feel safe when with or around a police official but 19 per cent said they felt little unsafe while around them. As many as 48 per cent respondents say that not feeling safe around a police official prevented them from reporting any incident or lodging any complaint with the police.
Almost 50 per cent of the respondents said their trust and confidence in the police force hasn't changed much in the last five years. When asked their opinion about having more women officials in the police force, 70 per cent respondents said that the public will be encouraged to report crimes against women, while 27 per cent said that the gender of the police officials makes no difference to their attitude towards public.
When asked about the efficiency of the police, 62 per cent respondents feel the police force in their city is efficient. Fifty per cent respondents said the police force is over-burdened with work and under-staffed and 68 per cent believed that the government needs to substantially increase their expenditure on the police forces by providing more support in terms of technology, manpower and other resources.
More than 80 per cent said that there is a big difference between the safety enjoyed by women in politics or power and the safety enjoyed by the ordinary women and 62 per cent said yes when asked if the VIP status of the politicians and the powerful citizens of our country prevents them from understanding the challenges and problems an ordinary woman faces in her everyday life.
A mere 42 per cent respondents said yes to whether politicians today are sensitive towards the needs of women in the country and 52 per cent said they recently heard gender insensitive comments made by the politicians. More than 50 per cent also believed that the politicians are completely out-of-touch with what is going on in our society and 66 per cent felt that more women MPs will make our government more responsible towards women's safety.