It was another day, another brutal rape happened in India that shook the nation. A girl was brutally raped, tortured and killed, her intestines were out when the authorities reached the spot. Rightly everybody is outraged at it but haven’t we seen this before. A rape happens, there is outrage based on how much importance the media gives it to the incident, there will be demands for ensuring speedy justice to the victim gets. The victim might or not get justice for what she has faced but what is certain is this incident will be forgotten like all the previous rapes, the rapes that the media covered and the many thousands of rapes which the media did not cover.
If we could just take a moment to imagine the horror we would go through if the victim was one of the women whom we know or love. How desperate would we be, to find a solution to the menace of rapes? Let us act with the same urgency now. Let us debate, find probable solutions to how the menace of rapes can be stopped and how can our women be kept safe.
We propose a few suggestions on how we could end the menace of rapes, it is open to debate, but let us decide soon and evolve a consensus and make a push towards policy making at the earliest. Please feel free to agree to the suggestions, disagree and add more.
1.) Give something to lose – The people who commit rapes, largely are the ones who have nothing to lose, are the ones whose income levels are very low. Any social security scheme which guarantees a minimum wage subject to the condition that any case of criminal or even civil offense will delink them from government benefits.
2.) National Service For All Male Population – Singapore for few years did not report a single rape. The entire male population between a certain age have to go for national service for one year. The one year of national service instills patriotism and as a consequence they learn to value everybody’s life, the idea of hurting their fellow citizen does not arise. A national service for the entire male population between in India between the age 19-23 can play a huge role in sensitizing the value of human life and as consequence rape as a menace could drastically reduce.
3.) Brutal laws – Brutal laws on the lines of the middle eastern countries could serve as a deterrent to rapes in India. Yes, implementing such brutal laws could downgrade our Democracy, but for the safety of our women, could we take this step forward? Yes perhaps.
I sincerely request out readers and members of our community to come forward with more suggestions. If you agree to the suggestions, please convey that to us. We are doing this so that we don’t forget the rapes that have happened, we are doing this so that no more rape happens. We owe the women of India their safety and dignity. So men and women from India and the world. Let us start and not rest until the menace of rape ends.
Have you ever spotted a speeding car without a care for the traffic signal? Ever spotted a person rushing to the other side of the road when the traffic light is green? Ever seen bikers use pavements as roads to save a few minutes? Ever seen cars change lanes on highways or rush hour traffic on a whim? Well, so have thousands of other Indians.
Road safety in India is a serious concern. For a country that boasts the second largest road network in the world, it is inarguable that we need to pay more attention to our safety on roads – a place where we step out every day, spend a handsome amount of our time.
The government has come up with several regulations on road safety, but is this enough? Not if awareness around the topic is still lacking.
The intention behind the initiative is to bring together lawmakers, local authorities, traffic police and citizens under one umbrella.
The cities will be rated on parameters such as Pedestrian Rights, Road Lighting and Maintenance, Motor Laws and Traffic Control, Emergency Services, Road Cleanliness, Connectivity, Road Transport Infrastructure, Heavy Vehicle Traffic Management, Road Safety, Differently abled friendly, Road Quality and Road Safety For Children.
Here are the ten cities that were chosen for Road Safety Index 2018 and the reasons that make their roads safe or unsafe:
Mumbai has facilities for the differently-abled like reservations in public transports, special train compartments, concessions on fares, etc. The city that never sleeps scored the best when it comes to citizens’ participation in making the city accepting and warm toward the differently-abled. It won the category ‘Differently-Abled Friendly’.
However, there are areas of improvement – illegal hawkers, pavements and footpaths need to be fixed or reconstructed.
Anyone who hails from the capital of West Bengal knows about its recreational parks and brightly lit streets. Its traffic police deserve special mention for redirecting rush traffic every day as Kolkata roads are narrow and many are one-way streets.
During Durga Puja, the city tries to make Pandals differently-abled friendly by installing ramps.
It won the categories – ‘Road Lighting & Maintenance’ and ‘Road Safety For Children’.
But the City of Joy needs to work more on giving its residents #HappyRoads. Issues of waterlogging and numerous street hawkers, roadside vendors in busy areas need to be solved.
There’s no one who’s been to Delhi and not praised its excellent connectivity. Delhi prides itself for broad roads, top-notch metros, pavements and foot over bridges. The national capital surely serves as an example for cities across India when it comes to road connectivity hence, it won the categories ‘Connectivity’ and ‘Road Quality’ in the Road Safety Index.
While Delhi has made many of its public places differently-abled friendly, the areas that need improvement are long hours in traffic, fixing of roads that pose a hindrance to daily commute and rash driving by bikers.
The city boasts well-marked zebra crossings, adequate footpaths for pedestrians, underground SMART dustbins, reduced encroachments. Raipur fares well in almost all parameters of road safety. It won the category of ‘Road Safety’ and ‘Pedestrian Rights’.
However, the city could do better with stricter fines for traffic violators and awareness about road safety and garbage disposal.
Other cities can take inspiration from Chennai on how to ensure good road safety. The city has wide, well-connected roads that are lit properly. It also boasts rigorous night patrolling where traffic rules violators are fined. One of the best initiatives taken by Chennai is the separate parking space on city roads that prevent traffic from accumulating. It came out on top in the category ‘Motor Laws & Traffic Control’.
Areas where Chennai needs to improve are street lighting and cleanliness.
Indore is one of the few cities that has used plastic waste for construction of roads and covered garbage disposals, which explains why the city won the ‘Road Cleanliness’ category. Indore also has adequate zebra crossings, visual signals, street lights, footpaths.
But areas where the city needs improvement are – strict action against traffic violators, public spaces more differently-abled friendly.
There is a lot to learn from the road safety measures implemented by Ahmedabad – sound medical facilities, separate lanes for local buses, special cab service for differently-abled, wide roads. Ahmedabad won in the category ‘Emergency Services’, ‘Road Transport Infrastructure’ and ‘Heavy Vehicle Traffic Management’.
If the Heritage City improves road safety awareness among citizens, it’s bound to fare even better. Better street lighting and lesser encroachments will work in favour of Ahmedabad.
The other cities shortlisted were Pune, Bangalore and Hyderabad but they didn’t win any category.
Maruti Suzuki’s initiative to rank cities will encourage citizens and administration to do better and emerge on top.
The Logical Indian community wholeheartedly appreciates the various initiatives undertaken by Maruti-Suzuki in this direction. Not only the government but we, as citizens of this country, should also pledge to make our roads safe. One of the first steps towards this is that we understand our duties.
We hope the authorities take a note while we pledge to do our own bit towards happier, safer Indian roads.
For more information about the Maruti Suzuki’s initiative and the Road Safety Indexclick here.