Jul 9, 2010

2 out of 3 women sexually harassed in New Delhi, India

Delhi Government's Department of Women and Child Development conducted a study that concluded that
two in every three women in the Indian capital have faced some form of sexual harassment in the last year in crowded and secluded places.

The report says the most common forms of harassment are
  1. verbal (passing lewd comments), 
  2. visual (staring and leering) and 
  3. physical (touching or groping or leaning over).
Women of all classes have to put up with harassment in their daily lives, but students between 15 and 19 years old and employed women are specially vulnerable.  Poor infrastructure - including absent street lights, unusable pavements and a lack of public toilets - is one of the main reasons behind the lack of women's safety, the report says.

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