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In partnership with Canada’s Women in Cities International, India’s Jagori is working towards building safer cities for women.
In partnership with Canada’s Women in Cities International, India’s Jagori is working towards building safer cities for women.
(Kathryn Travers/Women in Cities International)

Mitchell, Ahmed and Dhar

Keeping women safe in cities starts with good urban planning

Can poor city planning aid and abet violence against women? Consider the fatal gang rape in New Delhi last December of the young woman referred to in the press as “Nirbhaya” (“fearless”). As an angry public poured into the streets to protest Nirbhaya’s death, other brutal attacks in India captured international headlines. Recently, an 11-year old girl in Kolkata succumbed to her injuries after resisting her attacker, while a 7-year old was assaulted then dumped from a train travelling through Chhattisgarh.