How does the Gurgaon administration make it even more difficult for women to find employment, and stay safe on Gurgaon roads?

The morning newspaper first gave me hope…

Women protestors outside Sahara Mall:‘Need policing, not ban on work’. [link]

And then disappointment.

They can work, but employer must ensure safety: Admn

“Nowhere did he (Deputy Commissioner) ask the women not to work after 8 pm. Rather he is in favour of promoting women to take up employment,” the administration spokesperson said.

He said over 15,000 women work in BPOs, IT sector in Gurgaon with permission from the Labour department. [link]”

How does the Gurgaon admn make it even more difficult for women to find employment and stay safe on Gurgaon roads?

1. By making it simpler for employers to employ men. Employing women for jobs that might require them to stay at work after 8 pm would now require taking permission from the Labour department.

2. By making employers responsible for crimes against women employees beyond providing a cab and a driver. (PT pointed out that many  businesses may not find even this possible)

The pub attendant was not alone, she had her brother with her ((Gupta Ji please note?) and she was in a cab, the driver and her brother did what they could, it was the police who was found to be incompetent- it’s unimaginable that the police believed the rapist and not the victim’s brother.

Can such policemen be trusted to keep citizens safe? If not, should they still be paid for doing something they clearly are incapable of?

And so,

3. By not dismissing from service policemen who are dangerous for the safety of citizens.

4. By not seeing (?) that they are taking decisions that would reserve the roads after 8 pm for nonworking women, for unemployed and employed men and for rapists.  When roads are not a safe place for 50% of the population then we have even more crimes against the few who do need to step out.

Lesser number of women in malls and on the streets does not mean the rapists would stop raping the women (I am sure rapists won’t care if a woman is coming from a wedding with her husband or from her workplace with her brother), but it does mean that women would face even more restrictions if they need to step out.

Women feel safer in places where there are other women.

5. By refusing to see women as people/humans.

Sadly we don’t even talk about women needing to have fun – women’s recreational activities are seen as unnecessary, frivolous and even wrong. So nobody cares that for women who work all day, going out (movie, dinner, just a stroll, a fair, a wedding, visiting friends) after work would become even more difficult.

6. What do you think could Gurgaon Administration have done if they wanted to act responsibly?

Maybe say something like,

“No crimes against women will be tolerated. Women will be protected at all times. Those who commit such crimes will be given harshest punishments.”?

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27 thoughts on “How does the Gurgaon administration make it even more difficult for women to find employment, and stay safe on Gurgaon roads?

  1. IHM, I had posted a review on my blog which I had crossposted at the blog on the Women against domestic violence initiative. The book is “In the Land of Invisible Women” by Dr Qanta Ahmed- a medical doctor of British origin, who took up a job at a hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This is just the kind of social set-up that she descibes. Her position is unique in that she is a professional with a job, but also a woman, so her experiences are not just those of an observer, but of someone who actually goes through much of what happens to a woman who is in a place where she is not given the same rights as another human.

    It was an eye-opener.

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  2. “No crimes against women will be tolerated. Women will be protected at all times. Those who commit such crimes will be given harshest punishments.”?

    This is exactly what needs to be said and acted upon.

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  3. Like I said on the previous post, the “clarification” is sheer baloney.

    No administration in this country has the power to place complete bans on women working after a certain hour, without extensive legislation allowing them to do so (which could still, of course be viewed as a violation of fundamental rights and struck down).

    The issue is not that women are not being “allowed” to work.

    The issue is that the administration is making WOMEN the problem. Women are already disempowered in this country, already treated as weak and inferior. Through idiotic measures like these, the district administration is doing nothing at all to stop rape, but is certainly making it much harder to employ women in environments where competition for jobs is already cut-throat, thereby drastically reducing the handful of avenues of economic freedom that women currently do have available to them.

    As I, as well as others have said before, tinkering around with labor laws is NOT a credible response to a spurt in rape cases. What an utterly ridiculous way to attack the problem! There is so much that an administration can do, and yet they choose to pander to broadly prevalent but utterly inaccurate views on rape.

    The following is a direct quote from the Crown Prosecution Service’s policy for prosecuting cases of rape. The administration would do well to read it:

    5. We are aware that there are myths and stereotypes surrounding the offence of rape. Examples of such myths include:

    # rape occurs between strangers in dark alleys;
    # victims provoke rape by the way they dress or act;
    # victims who drink alcohol or use drugs are asking to be raped;
    # rape is a crime of passion;
    # if they did not scream, fight or get injured, it was not rape;
    # you can tell if they ‘really’ have been raped by how they acts;
    # victims cry rape when they regret having sex or want revenge;
    # only gay men get raped/only gay men rape men; and
    # prostitutes cannot be raped.

    Prosecutors who deal with rape cases are taught about them as part of their specialist training. We will not allow these myths and stereotypes to influence our decisions and we will robustly challenge such attitudes in the courtroom.

    And also :

    We know that some victims will find it very difficult to give evidence and may need practical and emotional support. The specialist prosecutor will know about the emotional and psychological effects of rape and will be aware that some complaints of rape are not made immediately. Any delay could be attributed to a fear of reprisals, intimidation or a significant number of other factors. It is possible that the effect on rape victims may render them emotionally incapable of providing a written statement shortly after an attack, or even for days or weeks. Specialist agencies can provide support and advice.

    These people are not evil feminists out to get Indian culture. They are professionals who deal with rape victims and rapists day in and day out.

    The full document may be found here:

    http://www.cps.gov.uk/publications/prosecution/rape.html

    I wish Indian LECs pursued cases with this kind of understanding. But they do not, and that’s a fact.

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  4. The trouble begins when they begin to classify “crimes against women” as somehow different from “crimes against people”. and talk about”protecting women” not “protecting people”. That creates an “otherization”. Women do not need special or extra rights- they need the same rights IMPLEMENTED THE SAME WAY.
    The employer does not have to “ensure safety” unless he crime is being committed on their premises. The police exist to enforce safety- and get a lot of tax money for that purpose.

    This is almost as if h police department were telling people who had money or property that it was their fault for not securing their goods properly if a burglary occurred. The enforcers of the law fail to do their duty and put the burden on everyone else. I am surprised why this is being tolerated. The Deputy Commissioner is admitting publicly that his department is incompetent- should he not be taken to task for it?

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  5. And if they’re going the lock up route, then maybe it makes sense to lock those people down who have biological urges to commit crimes? And are ‘understood’ for being ‘men’?!

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  6. Night transport is REQUIRED. both for male and female employees in India. And NO.. admin won’t make it difficult for women getting jobs because sensible businesses recruit talent and not gender on all its shifts.

    These labor laws will ensure the largely profit-making BPO firms shell out few extras to ensure safety norms are in place.

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  7. We seem to be going back to the same logic again and again. If you want something to be safe (yes, I know, I said “thing”), lock it up. Even with “things” this is not the right attitude, it just means the sphere of movement of the honest people gets smaller and smaller. Now if you do it to people (as opposed to things) then it is much, much worse. What is shocking is that people in high offices seem to have no qualms coming out in the open and saying stuff like what the administration seems to have done. Essentially they are saying that the police are not going to do what they are supposed to, so you can go ahead and do what you will!
    What really gets my goat is how the police seemed to have talked to the perps while they were committing a crime and comfortably accepted their version of the events. How could you possibly justify this in any civil society? Even if the police tended to personally believe that the perpetrators were right, they should be trained to get off their @$$es and go to the site and investigate. GO there. At least show up! What the hell is this, “yeah I chatted with the guys, everything seems fine” crap?!
    The fact of the matter is, there really is no police in the country!

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  9. Arun’s comment
    Not able to post comment on your blog today, It is saying you have to log in with that email address though I am commenting from same email Id.
    If possible post this comment.

    Some suggestions for Occupy Gurgaon Nights
    1. Get around 50 women to meet in and around the mall at 8pm
    Make some posters together and put it in prominent places.
    Make some stickers too to put on your vehicles
    Make some badges to put on yourself

    Arun

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