Safety of Women in Public Spaces in Delhi: Governance and Budgetary Challenges
Women have a right to the city; and to enjoy its opportunities, benefits and services. However, the increasing incidence of sexual harassment and violence against women in public spaces in cities has once again brought the issue of women’s safety into the public discourse.
Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA) and Jagori have joined hands to study the gaps in the policy framework for enhancing women’s safety in public spaces and addressing the incidence of violence in Delhi- from the lens of governance and budgets. The study analyses the key measures instituted for the support of women victims/survivors of violence. It also looks into some important sectors that have a bearing on women’s safety viz., policing, public bus service, and night shelters. The study also analyses the governance andfiscal architecture of Delhi, to identify some of the underlying causes for the weak implementation of these interventions.