The mainstream response to any form of sexual violence is to reduce women's freedoms, choices and rights
Following the recent molestation incidents in Bengaluru, women’s safety is once again in the news and back in the public consciousness. We have the usual blame-the-victim and deny-it-happened along with announcements of the purchase of more CCTVs and other quick fixes. We find that the notion of safety is often a narrow one which focuses on security and protection, rather than safety as a right. The mainstream response to any form of sexual violence is to reduce women’s freedoms, choices and rights.