If you have an opinion on how Indian cities can be made safer for women, join the conversation. (Photo: The Quint/Harsh Sahani)
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The Quint Readers Respond On How To Make a City Safer for Women

How can a city be made safer for women to access?

After the Bangalore molestation on New Years’ Eve, The Quint published an article asking this question to a number of people who are an integral part of the city – urban planners, students, women activists and parents.

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After the piece was published on 5 January 2017, our readers responded with meaningful comments, ideas and suggestions.

If you have an opinion on how Indian cities can be made safer for women to access at all time (and not just at night or on New Years’ Eve), join the conversation and let us know in the comments below.

‘Make Laws More Stringent’

Seeing what happened in Bengaluru, I think now it's high time for women to stop depending on others for help, because what they will get in return might not work always. I think,

1. Laws for women safety should be taught directly in schools. If it is Section 354 of IPC, then students should be made aware of this.

2. Self-defence classes in schools, companies. These classes should be conducted for every women whether it is school, company, a private organisation or public sector. For the ladies/girls who do not go out for work/education, the government should conduct public sessions to teach them.

3. And obviously, I say the laws should be made more stringent to add fear among those miscreants of the society.

— Sumedha Khatter , The Quint Reader

‘Citizens Should Take Responsibility’

‘An Effective, Multicultural, Educated Police Force’

‘Authorities Must Charge Culprits Proactively’

After getting everything in place, the authorities need to book and charge the culprits in a proactive manner. There must not be any type of hanky-panky in bringing the wrongdoers to books. Exemplary punishment should be awarded to the offenders.

— Sanjeev Sharma, The Quint Reader

‘Need to Reclaim Our Spaces’

‘Teach Our Sons to Respect All Women’