By: Astha Raghav 

Women in India, today, are becoming the most vulnerable section as far as their safety and security is concerned. 
When we turn the pages of a newspaper, we come across many headlines reporting cases of molestation, harassment, trafficking, ill treatment of women in house, violence against women in remote areas, etc.
Women feel unsafe and insecure and feel that their freedom and liberty are jeopardised.

It is unbearable to imagine the plight of women who are sufferers of such crimes. It is a jolt on the confidence of the women, of society and on our judicial system. 
We generally play the blame game for any such incidence and hence have not succeeded to reach the root cause of this issue.  An effective implementation of laws protecting women's rights is the first step in this direction.  There should be stringent laws and the perpetrators of such crimes should be severely punished. We also need to create social awareness about these issues and ostracise those who commit such crimes and not the victims. 
Better surveillance by law enforcing authorities is also required.  The last but the most effective would be to compulsorily teach self defense techniques to girls and women in schools, colleges, offices and residential colonies. 
Only when these measures are taken, India can become a carefree and enjoyable place for women. 
Thank You!