Kalpana Sharma's "Can women ever be safe?" (Magazine, December 25) has raised several aspects on safety of women. The Bangalore incident points to the imperative need for shoring up the security for working women, especially in BPOs, who face heightened risk in their day to day life. The Government should direct all the BPOs to ensure adequate security to all those who leave the office at odd hours. P.K. Varadarajan,
ChennaiKalpana Sharma unveils the insecure circumstance under which young women are compelled to work to eke out their livelihood. As a strong democracy in the world, India should ensure labour rights to the BPO employees, which will certainly check and prevent the recurrence of such tragedies. V.P. Ramesan,
Tripunithura, Kerala.While too much is said is about sensitising men on these issues, the reality is that such people are everywhere. They neither read these articles on women's issues nor are they concerned about them. The only way to deal with them is to give them stringent punishment. Malay Mishra
By e-mailThis is with reference to Kalpana Sharma's article. Mahatma Gandhi's belief that a woman will be safe only when she walks through the streets during nights unharmed is yet to be realised. It is high time that women learnt martial arts, just to defend themselves in times of need. K. Pradeep,
ChennaiGiven the current trends in society, itis difficult to predict if women will be safe in the near future. But to safeguard women schools must make NCC, Scouts and Guides training compulsory for girls. Additionally, besides Yoga and aerobics, martial arts like judo and karate must be taught so that women can act in self-defence whenever required. Mahesh Kumar,
New DelhiAs Kalpana Sharma has rightly stated, making the world safe for every woman is not in our hands. But, her exhortation that none should remain complacent when such incidents occur, gives everyone, especially women, the right lead. If we refuse to let this issue die down,there, definitely, will be a positive result. K.D. Viswanaathan,
CoimbatoreAs always, Kalpana Sharma's column brings up a grave issue to be pondered over persistently, or until a way out is seen. Close on the heels of the rape of the call centre employee in Bangalore, there was again a gang rape of a woman on a moving train. In a society that can't ensure a safe haven to a woman, prosperity would be only illusory - no matter how high our sensex might leap. Arun Dash,
HyderabadI am a 21-year-old undergraduate and am shattered to know about the incident. Are we to take these assaults against women just like that? There are thousands of girls today going to BPOs and software companies. I will be one among them in the next few months. Who is going to take the responsibility for women's safety? Doesn't the corporate have a moral accountability to the safety of the girls and women who work for them at odd hours? Is this not a prime time for us to put a full stop to these incidents? S. Arthi,
By e-mail Kalpana Sharma rightly points out that our generation has forgotten about respecting women. It is not too late now for us to work in a concerted effort and ensure that no untoward incident occurs, which threatens the basis of our self-respect. Mohammad Jamil Akhtar Ansari,
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