It is quite intriguing and encouraging for us that something similar happened in both Delhi and Mumbai. We had earlier written about how citizens in Bandra got together to address the issue of public safety in their community. We heard from Gauree Agarwal, our team captain in Delhi who works in Malviya Nagar, about this incidence.
Savitri Bai, a 47 year old woman, had her chain snatched in Hauz Khas Enclave while on her way back. She was walking on the sidewalk, when a man with his face covered came on a bike, snatched her chain and sped away. Savitri Bai was unable to react for a while, and when she realized what had happened, she started screaming loudly. When the neighbours came out, they found out that her neck was badly hurt, she was in extreme agony and very distressed.
The neighbours took her matter to the police station immediately. To add to the gravity of the incident was the fact that there was no street light on that stretch. This meant that Savitri never saw the face of her assaulter. Savitri is now terrified of walking on the same streets that she has walked on for years. Savitri would have become another woman who faced assault if neighbours did not step up. They have been constantly maintaining the pressure on police for nabbing the assaulter. They have ensured that police are more alert and patrol their area. Further, they have lodged complaints against the non-functional street lights.
One again we saw that citizens came together for addressing the issue of public safety. We at Haiyya believe that citizens power change and these incidents in both cities have only strengthened our belief. We want more and more citizens to get involved in issues that matter to them and their community.