Friday, May 06, 2005

Mumbai - Is it still the safest?

Few years back, i would fight with friends in arguments over Mumbai being the safest place in the country especially for women. Couple of incidents in the last 2 years have turned all arguments upside down. A woman in rags raped in front of passengers in a local train late at night last year was the last nail in the coffin. As if that was not enough we have another incident involving a cop.

During a discussion with a close friend, we discussed this and what my friend told me speaks volumes for the change that Mumbai and perhaps a lot of other places are seeing. He told me this & i quote " Naresh, you have always been wrong when it came to places, remember after spending 3 years in Gujarat, you used to tell us how much you loved the place and the people, look what happened there and now Mumbai, after all your arguments about it being the safest place in India".

I have decided to make no more arguments about places and people from now on!


Anispice said...

How true Naresh. I used to spout the same 'safest city' stuff too and now the whole situation saddens and terrifies me since I still have family in Bombay.

And more than anything there is this cold rage building up in my heart against the scared people, political parties, inept government and corrupt police who have methodically turned my beloved city into this sad, unsafe place where little girls get raped while people stand by and watch, too afraid to get involved.

Hariharan Iyer said...

I really dont feel Mumbai is that unsafe. You have to look at various factors, the major one being the uninhibited growth of population (residence and migration). The lifestyle has changed completely, with people roaming around in midnight.

Even in New York, the no night city of the world, you would shudder to walk on the streets except near Times Square.

The only sad part is when the upholders of law start doing such criminal activities, and we can just hope that things change for the better.