Sunday, April 20, 2014

Delhi Metro to add 200 new frisking booths for women

Delhi Metro premises will soon see women commuters being frisked in complete privacy as around 200 new security enclosures are being installed for them at the stations of the rapid transport system.
Delhi Metro to add 200 new frisking booths for women

The fresh blue-colored frisking booths are being purchased by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and women constables of the CISF will use them to frisk women travelers using the Delhi Metro.

In the first phase, these security cabins will be installed in the Metro stations on the Blue Line (Dwarka Sector-21 to Vaishali / Noida City Centre) and subsequently they will installed at all other stations on the Metro network in the national capital region.

Close to two hundred such cabins will be installed.

"The new infrastructure is part of our enhanced measures and control procedures to make Metro commuters comfortable and secure. Apart from these new women frisking booths, we have also introduced new mechanisms to fine tune Delhi Metro security services.,"
Arvind Ranjan, CISF Chief 

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is the is the authorized agency responsible for securing the 134 stations of the Delhi Metro against any terror or sabotage attempts and it has deployed more than 5,000 men and women for this task.

According to reports around a dozen such booths have already started functioning and as compared to the previous cloth draped or hard-board made security boxes, these cabins provide complete privacy of the female passengers during frisking.

As part of the new protocols devised in the Delhi Metro by the CISF, security personnel have now started a 'profiling' of commuters on the basis of which they are subjected to different levels of security checks.

The force, as part of a month-old 'pilot' project to initiate these measures, has initially brought 8 Metro stations under its purview.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Delhi & Women: Thoughts of Travellers

Assurances from the police and a new anti-rape bill have done little to make the roads and localities of New Delhi safer for women, especially for those using public transport. This was confirmed by the views of travellers in an interview conducted by the India Insight team show.

Delhi & Women

Members of India Insight team travelled in Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses and Delhi Metro trains and spoke to commuters belonging to different demographies.

Here are edited excerpts from conversations (Some names have been changed):

Sania, 21, student; waiting at Munirka bus stop
I do not think anything has changed per se. As long as we have a patriarchal society, these things are not going to change, it is a societal issue. I don’t think there is any girl in India at large, who hasn’t experienced eve teasing. My only dream is to see an India where you see gender parity.

Farhana, 22, student; travelling in a bus
I only feel safe travelling by bus in the day time because there are many people and there are less chances of being in trouble. I choose not to board a bus after 5:00 in the evening. Whenever we go out after 9 p.m., we have experienced eve-teasing. I think it is better not to wear extra modern dresses at night.

Thoudam Regina, 30, analyst; waiting at a bus stand
In western countries, even if you wear shorts, nothing happens. Here I wear sports shoes so that (if) something happens, I could run. I never wear chappals (slippers) nowadays.
Narmada Sharma, executive in a real estate firm; travelling in a bus
We do not consider ourselves safe anywhere. We fear that something might happen, especially when we leave at night or after office at 7 p.m. I usually keep chilli powder in my purse. Even girls are at fault, they leave at night and dressing sense is not proper.

Mohammad Latif, 27, student; waiting at Munirka bus stop
I believe that punishment for crimes such as rapes should be so stringent that they create fear in people. How can a juvenile rape? Rape has a direct correlation to being an adult. Law and regulations have loopholes. A change in mentality will take 50-100 years. In this time how many girls will fall prey you cannot imagine. Why should girls wear full clothes, why not boys? Boys can wear whatever they want, don’t girls have feelings?

Achla Jawa, 26, chartered accountant; in the Delhi Metro
Things have not changed and I don’t even think it is going to improve. My parents are concerned about me, I just replied to an SMS from (my) parents who were asking if I have boarded the metro. I carry a dress in my bag if I am going to party after work. I did not do this until last year.

Vijay, 58, villager; in the Delhi Metro
I am from a village, but I think 70 % of the mistake is of girls. The dressing style is not decent. Just yesterday I saw girls wearing skimpy clothes, there was one boy with them. Even boys are at fault.

Sachin Kapoor, 56, government employee; travelling in a bus
Nothing has improved, instead it has become worse now. We are always worried when our daughters go out. The law and order situation is poor.

Geeta, advocate; in the Delhi Metro
There has not been much improvement, but I know the reason. There is so much freedom to girls. Dressing sense is one of the main issues. We might have many laws, but it does not matter if you walk openly. I have even rebuked girls at times.  Even girls are at fault. I have not felt unsafe, but I try to reach home by 6.30 in the evening.

Sukhdev Singh, 40, bus driver
I will not get my daughter and wife to the city from the village. COst of living is higher here, safety is an issue too. There are more cases of eve-teasing here. If there is a problem in my bus, I will call on 100  and hand over to police, we will fight.

Ajay Narayan, 37, economist; waiting at Munirka bus stop
I actually feel quite safe here. I come from a city (in Orissa) which has no public transport and have worked in Africa which also has no public transport. I think the discourse has just become too much, and too much in your face, in a way it’s a good thing, but I also feel there’s a huge amount of peer pressure to continue to stick to that narrative … There is a lot more offering of the seat now. There are a lot more proactive steps from the conductor to get the ladies’ seat vacated.

Gautami Mishra, 28, teacher in Delhi University; in the Delhi Metro
I don’t really feel safe. Let’s say somebody is mischievous, I can’t tell him, “give me your I-card because I travel alone and what if someone follows me.” You can’t be really strict with male students. In a crowded metro coach, given a chance, men will try to touch you. It does not matter how many rape cases happen. My parents have told me, don’t accept any job in an evening college.

Kapil Singh, 33, bus conductor
Women are still not safe in Delhi, law and order situation is worse. Everyone is worried seeing the environment.

Arti Gupta, 26, teacher; travelling in a bus
There have been little changes after the December case. The only solution is that girls become self-dependent. I try to reach home at the earliest. The young boys do not trouble much, the problem is with the age group 30-50. They irritate us so much at times in buses that I feel like slapping them.

Harshita Kapoor, 36, hotelier; waiting at a bus stop
There has been some change in attitude; men are vacating the seats for ladies. People are more concerned. The solution is to educate people. Men aged above 35 cause most of the trouble.

Anjali Singh, 38, government employee; waiting at a bus stop
You can change yourself, but you cannot change the mentality. Girls should avoid wearing short clothes.

Bushra, 26, housewife; waiting at Munirka bus stop
I escort my daughter to school each day as I am fearful of her travelling in a school van. I am so scared. How will I bring her up, educate her. I feel like crying. Clothes also make an impact. Girls are also at fault, they don’t wear proper clothes. We ourselves feel ashamed.

Friday, October 1, 2010

National Gallery of Modern Art

Established in the year 1954 by, the then Vice President of India, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan; National Gallery of Modern Art is the best place to see contemporary art. The gallery is situated at Jaipur House near New Delhi High Court. The museum is in a Royal Building, which was formerly the residence of erstwhile Maharajas of Jaipur. It houses a huge collection of paintings, some of which are as old as 150 years! The painting treasure housed here includes the 19th and early-20th century paintings of British artists, Thomas Daniell, and his nephew, William.

One can also see the artworks of world famous Indian artists, such as Rabindranath Tagore, Jamini Roy and Amrita Sher Gill. National Gallery of Modern Art throws light on the evolution of contemporary Indian paintings and sculpture. The museum also boasts of an Art Reference Library, with a good collection of art books, journals and periodicals as well as a sculpture garden at the back. Apart from conducting shows and gallery management, there are many other activities undertaken at the gallery.

Salient Features:
  • A reserve collection is being carefully maintained and documented by the gallery.
  • The restoration department conserves the art works.
  • The publication department publishes 335 publications, 35 posters, postcards, etc.
  • The gallery is also producing and acquiring films on artists, many of which have received awards.
  • The gallery organizes annual summer camps of art training for children and other educational activities.
The prime objective of the National Gallery of Modern Art is to set a standard to be followed by up-coming artists. In fact, the National Gallery of Modern Art sticks to certain specified parameters, in order to ensure an over-all development of the modern art in the country. The aims and objectives of the gallery can be summed up as:
  • To preserve the diferent forms of modern art.
  • To ensure the permanent display of the paintings and sculptures.
  • To organize exhibition, seminars and workshops in order to create awareness about the art and the artists.
  • To facilitate the publication of books, periodicals and other such study materials so as to encourage further studies in the vocational courses such as painting, sculpture, etc.
Thus, we can say that the National Gallery of Modern Art is the holy shrine for painters where people having an inclination towards modern art must pay a visit at least once!

How to reach National Gallery of Modern Art:
The gallery is situated at Jaipur House near New Delhi High Court and easily accessible from different places in the city. In order to reach the national gallery of Modern Art, one can either take local buses from several places within the city or can take auto-rickshaws, taxis or metro rail.

NGMA in Mumbai & Bangalore:
There are two more National galleries of modern art in Mumbai and Bangalore.

NGMA Mumbai was inaugurated in 1996. It hosts several exhibitions and art collections of famous artists, sculptors and civilizations. It is situated near Regal Cinema in Colaba. Exhibits include:
  • A collection of Pablo Picasso's works
  • Egyptian artefacts such as mummies, statues, etc.
Third NGMA was opened in Bangalore in 1996. The gallery is functional in Manickavelu mansion on Palace road, which is located near to Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium.