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Ggn working women, hired helps still feel unsafe in city

Four years after the Nirbhaya gang-rape case which had resulted in massive hue and cry on the issue of women security, the working women, especially the maids and women from North-Eastern states highlight that they still worry about their security while working and travelling in the city.

Most of the working women call themselves as silent victims and highlight that how they face  uncomfortable situations of getting leered at and being groped. 

As Gurugram has grown over the years, most of the working women from Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and North-Eastern states have migrated to the city for better employment prospects. 

Most of the working women have advanced from being just maids to being employed in small retail joints, industrial units to being employees in business process outsourcing centres. 

The compulsion of women to travel during late nights and dependency on private transportation due to absence of public transport facilities often make them a soft target in the city.

Kim, who hails from Manipur and works in one of the malls in MG Road said: “My shift gets over at 11.00 pm. Travelling through MG Road in the night is a challenge.”

Kim further added: “ Gurugram may be called the Cyber City but it still has a regressive mindset. I feel most of the men over here are not comfortable with the idea of an independent women.” Rupali, who hails from Jalpaiguiri, Bengal, and works as a domestic cook  said: 

“It is extremely difficult to travel in a public transport of Gurugram at night. Not only do they drive rashly, they are drunk and are rude with women travellers.”

In highlighting that situation in Gurugram is improving steadily with regards to women security, a senior official from Gurugram Police said: “Gurugram has its challenges. There are sexual rackets and women from North-East and maids from Bengal and Nepal are most susceptible and are often approached by touts. We are keeping a close vigil to ensure these working women are not exploited.”
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