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Though Kochi has been projected as the business capital of Kerala and an emerging metropolis, things are far from rosy as far as its safety index at night is concerned. How safe do you feel while venturing out in the night in this city? Kochi will be deserted fairly early at night as it has not much night life except for a few pubs and discos mostly attached to star hotels where people can chill out and hobnob with their friends after their work hours. However , these hang out places are pricey and might not be within the reach of the ordinary citizens .Hence for most Kochinites, outdoor fun is confined to marine drive, Subhash park and a handful of malls strewn around the city.
Marine drive is not generally safe after sunset though it is a favorite spot for families. Pick pockets and loiterers passing dirty jokes at the passersby and indulging in loud talks are regular sights which make these only green open spaces of this city less welcoming for peace loving families. If you are thinking of coming out to these open spots to breath in fresh air and to relax after being cooped up in your dingy workspace in the air conditioned interiors, you could be caught unawares at times! Gangsters and thugs who get paid for committing crimes are on the move in this city and many a time crimes remain unresolved mysteries.
The many by- lanes and the narrow city roads too are not always safe for women pedestrians after dark. A sizable population of female workforce is employed in textile shops and other business establishments which remain open till late hours. The badly lit and deserted bus stops often turn into a haven for anti social elements who find pleasure in intimidating and teasing these hapless women. Not many dare to confront them and even if someone choose to, they wont find many supporters for their cause!.Even after boarding the bus , their ordeal will be far from over ; right from the male passengers under the influence of their evening quota of booze to the door checker and conductor in the bus, everyone will make their journey a nightmare.
Though women in Kerala are better placed than their counterparts in other parts of India, God’s own country has indeed a long way to go to make sure that every woman feels safe on the roads of Kochi.
Cochin corporation, has come up with various plans to ensure the safety of women in the city. The project named ‘Sabala’, will include various proposals to make the city women friendly. This time bound project is expected to go a long way in solving most of the problems faced by women. This is for the first time that a Corporation has come up with a separate budget outlay for the welfare of women.
Some of the projects include :-
- Extending free medical care for families with only female members. The education expenses of children of such families will also be fully covered in these schemes.
- A modern lodging facility for women will be set up in the city to ensure safe stay for those women travelers who reach the City for various purposes. Apart from an all women staff team, the lodge will also have various other facilities like online reservations, taxi and other services.
- Kudumbashree Women only Buses run by Metro Cochin Transport Corporation (MCTC) is another novel venture envisaged in the project. The buses will have an all women crew.
- To arrest instances of child abuse, a team of three counselors will be set up in each school who will try to protect the students from the modern vices like internet scams and exploitation of students through mobile phones and social network.
Once this project is fully implemented, the business capital of Kerala will have an envious repute of being a women friendly City in all aspects.
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