What kind of measures would you recommend to make a place like this safe for women?
PT shared this.
‘IIT-Madras has created a new “safety plan” for female students which involves having male students who volunteer to escort them around the campus.From the article:“Male escorts for night strolls on campus and a whistle to hoot – that’s what women students of IIT-Madras can expect now.IIT-M administrators, who have mapped ‘unsafe’ zones, have proposed that women should not move around after 11pm without escorts, who will mostly be male student volunteers.
What if the escort turns out to be a molester? Well, the student will have to carry a whistle which she has to blow in case of an emergency.”If you’re a female student at an IIT-M hostel, your procedure for taking a walk outdoors would be as follows:1. Go to the senior year student on your hostel flank.2. State your purpose.3. Have the senior call up the “volunteer”4. Wait for the volunteer arrive.5. Get your whistle, put it around your neck, and go for a walk, under the watchful eye of your “escort”.
It would be laughably stupid if it wasn’t so horribly regressive.
I can’t believe that one of India’s best tech schools could come up with nothing better than escorts and WHISTLES, for god’s sake. Even we lawyers do so much better than these so-called technocrats.
Reminds you of Gurgaon roads being reserved for men and rapists after 8 pm? [link]
I agree with Times view.
“All they are doing through these rules is attacking the symptom, not the cause. Beefing up on-campus security … having 24×7 helplines, swift punitive action against any male student harassing women on campus; these are where the focus should be. The aim must be to create an environment where women feel safe, not simply confine them to their hostels.”
But who are these criminals who are harassing the women on the campus?
I googled and found this.
… several incidents of attempted sexual harassment by men in motorcycles. The perpetrators have been found to be both from within and outside campus…
…The Director explained that the best measure against external security threats would be enlisting the services of a CISF force to guard the campus perimeter which, while effective, was rejected by administration due to the fact that their patrols are armed and are not answerable to anyone except their commandant. Also, the need for such measures was not felt since the threats were not that grave. While the administration takes regular measures to close breaches in the perimeter, they have been subject to failure. It was noted by the Director that residents outside the campus make mounds to climb over the walls and that police action in this regard had also proved ineffective. He also pointed out incidents where the infiltrating outsiders have been known to beat up security guards.
The following were the proposals discussed…
- Self-defence training for women: the Dean Students noted that it was met with a positive response.
- Cameras installed across campus, cited to be 2000 in number
- Providing whistles: Dean Students mentioned that the suggestion came from the girl students themselves.
- Pepper sprays
- Paid escorts: this was a completely voluntary proposal, and constituted assigning students only at request.
- Declaration of Safety: Dean Students clarified that this was not a safety measure, and that it applied to hostels of both genders. The declaration states briefly that the signatory is aware of the risks faced by wandering in the night outside safe zones, and of the potential consequences of taking these risks.”