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Map the unsafe city

Map the unsafe city
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First Published: Wed, Oct 05 2011. 08 43 PM IST

A night taxi at the Select City mall, New Delhi. Photograph by Pradeep Gaur/Mint
A night taxi at the Select City mall, New Delhi. Photograph by Pradeep Gaur/Mint
Updated: Wed, Oct 05 2011. 08 43 PM IST
This may come as no surprise but women perceive Nelson Mandela Marg, Dhaula Kuan and Benito Juarez Marg as the most unsafe places in the Capital. Trying to take the debate on women’s safety—or lack of it—in Delhi further, Whypoll, a Delhi-based non-profit, conducted a survey on the 100 most unsafe places in the city. The survey, released last month, collected data from over 55,000 residents, and is part of Whypoll’s Fight Back campaign for women’s safety.
A night taxi at the Select City mall, New Delhi. Photograph by Pradeep Gaur/Mint
The next seven places on the “unsafe map” are: Paharganj, Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road, Ghitorni Metro Station, Sarita Vihar, Karol Bagh, Lado Sarai, Mathura Road and the bypass leading to Surajkund. The entire list can be viewed online at www.whypoll.org. Organizers also found that a very popular answer to the question—what according to you is the most unsafe place in Delhi—was “All of Delhi and NCR.”
This is the first-ever public database of harassment faced by women in India’s urban spaces and aims to be a tool to first, warn women and tourists, and more importantly, push the public machinery into making these places safer.
In addition to the survey, Whypoll will also be unveiling a mobile phone app. “This will be like a public, free-to-use, reporting-of-harassment platform which we hope will become a giant database of the kind of harassment faced by women. Our idea is that while mobile phone apps have till now been used in the larger social and entertainment sphere, they could be used more effectively to counter governance failures like crime against women in Delhi,” says Hindol Sengupta, founder, Whypoll.
The data gathered will be shared with the police. Both the map and the app have been created with help from CanvasM, a collaboration between Motorola Inc. and Tech Mahindra.
Started in 2008, Whypoll has worked closely with the UN Millennium Development Goals Campaign over the last two years. Some of Whypoll’s projects with the campaign have been the Ideas Bank against Poverty, the first Whypoll Millennium Campaign Lectures and the first Urban Perception of Poverty Survey in India across 29 states and 35 cities. “The idea is to change the paradigm—you see, in India for all our problems we have a ‘blame someone’ mindset, but we want to do something and create citizens,” adds Sengupta.
shreya.r@livemint.com
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First Published: Wed, Oct 05 2011. 08 43 PM IST