A new study published in the International Criminal Justice Review found that 40 percent of women in Delhi have been subject to sexual harassment during the past year, India Today reports. Researchers surveyed some 1,400 men and women in the city, asking them about history of sexual harassment, use of public transportation, and their perception of safety in public places. The survey revealed that 33 percent of women have stopped going out in public, and 17 percent have quit their jobs, to avoid sexual harassment.
These findings indicate that women feel unsafe in Delhi despite measures enacted in the wake of the brutal “Nirbhaya” gang rape, which resulted in the death of 17-year-old Jyoti Singh. Delhi has since doubled prison terms for rape convictions and criminalized voyeurism and stalking, but researchers pointed out that India still faces significant obstacles to women’s safety: overcrowded transit systems, waves of youth migration to urban areas, and patriarchal values that still infuse much of Indian society. According to Mahesh Nalla, a professor of criminal justice at Michigan State University and one of the researchers involved in the study, the findings from the survey “highlight the importance and immediacy of addressing women’s safety in public spaces and women’s human rights.”
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