NEW DELHI (AFP) – Women’s safety in India has not improved since the fatal gang-rape of a student in New Delhi, the victim’s parents said Tuesday on the anniversary of the attack that sparked international outrage.
Candle-lit vigils along with a public meeting on women’s safety were planned in New Delhi to mark the second anniversary of the attack that unleashed a wave of public anger over levels of violence against women in India.
The mother of the 23-year-old student said she was disheartened by what she feared were still high numbers of attacks, despite a tough new law against rapists.
“There are attacks happening everyday,” the mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told NDTV news channel.
“Seeing this (daily reports of attacks), it does not feel like anything has changed. Everything is the same.”
A survey published Tuesday said 91 per cent of women also saw no improvements in safety despite a slew of measures rolled out in the aftermath of the attack including improved policing, women’s helplines and fast-track courts as well as the new law.
The survey by the Hindustan Times newspaper of 2,557 women also found that 97 per cent had been victims themselves of some kind of sexual harassment.