Thursday Blog 25.7.13

The way the atrocities against women are on the rise in Kolkata and rest of the country we desperately need a stronger police force and inclusion of more women in the force- and both men and women will have to be taught to be sympathetic towards women.

Most of the victims of atrocities talk about coldness or nonchalance or worse of police I too have exactly same experiences so I agree with them. This mindset should be changed to make the country safer for women. If we don’t have a humanitarian police force then I guess we will have to take care of our own protection, how about becoming the old Bengalis again? The Bengali who preferred teaching hoodlums lessons before handing them over to the police? May be its time that Bengalis should get united again and the rest of the India may follow them.

My request list to police department:

1. suggest women what are unsafe ideas- like walking on streets past midnight, till five in the morning I will say; boarding an empty bus or shared taxi at odd hours; boarding a ladies compartment after dark unless its a long journey train filled with women or daily passengers- even then the risk remains that all will descend at the first stop or within a couple of stops. When I was a daily commuter I never boarded a ladies compartment of a local train after evening, and I waited for the express trains in which daily commuters traveled and included travelers of Durgapur or Asansol- further than Burdwan.

2. Please increase police patrols in the streets after night.

3. Ask police men to be sympathetic about women, even if they hate their lifestyle.

4. stop spreading a vibe that they have more tolerance towards the miscreants than victims.

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10 comments

  1. Oh! Sharmishtha I am thrilled reading such an enlightening post. These positive suggestions can make a lot of difference in the lives of women. I think the last suggestion is vey very positive for improving the image of the Police. Unless public starts to trust them they cannot do anything. Police has to cooperate with public to win their trust. Beautiful post and I think it is a step towards police and public cooperation. Well done, and keep inspiring . Take care.

  2. It’s revolting the way authorities are handling crimes against women. I hope the people can be sensitized through the invaluable advice u’ve given. It’s such a shame the way Didi is handling things and the time will come when the people will deliver justice themselves. Those cops are such losers and till some are not fired, the rest will not understand.

  3. Even in America there is a ‘blame the victim’ mentality in most places. Many attacks go unreported, so women don’t know where it is unsafe. I applaud your speaking out.

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