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NGO survey to probe street safety

- Campaign to stop harrassment begins soon; molestation verdict likely in two months

Nov. 29: North East Network, an NGO for women’s rights, today launched a street survey to find how safe the city is for women.

Altogether 1,000 women will be interviewed in two phases. The NGO’s volunteers will study various forms of harassment experienced by women in public places and understanding how women respond to it.

“During the random survey, we will try to assess if women feel that the city is unsafe, and information regarding role of different organisations and the people’s attitude towards women on the streets. We will try to complete the survey by the end of February and share the results with different agencies for public awareness on the issue,” programme co-ordinator of the NGO, Anurita Hazarika, said.

The NGO has involved students and young people in the survey, which has been taken up as part of an international campaign to stop violence against women.

The highlight of this year’s campaign is the safety of women in public places.

“We will also try to find out what steps women take when they face harassment on the streets — whether they call up the police or take the help of others on the streets,” Hazarika said.

The NGO will also conduct a T-shirt campaign. T-shirts with the message “Stop Violence against Women Now” will be worn by both women and men in the city during the campaign till December 10.

It will also organise a poster-making event with the Government College of Art and Craft on November 17 and December 2.

A play titled Eti Mrinalinee by Jirsong Theatre will also be staged at the Pragjyoti ITA centre at Machkhowa on December 9 as part of the campaign.