Armed men enter a jewellery shop near Lalpur, in the heart of the city and shoot the owner brothers, Rohit, 40 and Rahul Kheriwal, 35 in broad daylight.
A 25 year old student of a law university is gang-raped on gunpoint by 12 locals on ring road, a few minutes’ drive from her university. According to the lodged FIR, the incident happened at around 5:30p.m. when she was with a male friend at Sangrampur area.
These are merely two crimes instances of the hundreds that took place in the city in the past two months in Ranchi. Forget about not being able to move about at night, abhorrent crimes are taking place in the light of the day.
Following is the data for reported crime in the month of Oct’19 by Jharkhand Police:
Murder-13, Dacoity-2, Robbery-21, Kidnapping-24, Theft-203, Miscellaneous-364.
Almost every facet of women safety is neglected here. Peace road, lanes in Lalpur and Purulia among other areas are poorly lit, congested and serve as a fair ground for eve teasers.
While being relatively safe in terms of petty crimes such as pickpocketing and monetary scams, the city still needs to buckle up its safety meters. Perceptions of safety are sociably produced and are hence variable. It is not simply the presence of crime or a threatening environment that instills a sense of fear.
What makes cities safe?
A good public place is one where everyone feels like they have their own space to be, to engage with and to enjoy. This is impossible if we feel fear while occupying and moving through public places. Cities must invest in the “right kind” of urbanization, with the sort of infrastructure seen in the largest cities. These cities have better amenities (such as street lights) and often have buses or even a metro that runs reliably until late at night stressing on preventive rather than curative safety measures.