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Hyderabad rape-murder case: Need to rate states on how safe they are for women, says Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

Updated : December 03, 2019 06:38 AM IST

Anger and outrage on the streets and in the parliament after the rape and murder of a 26-year old woman in Hyderabad. The veterinary doctor was on her way home when she was abducted, drugged, raped and burnt to death - and while the accused have been arrested, the Hyderabad police have shared a 17-page advisory for women to stay safe.

The Hyderabad police have shared a 17-page advisory for women to stay safe - the police suggested that in a helpless situation, women should shout and run towards a crowded area. That's not all, the police advised women if they are travelling by a taxi or an auto, they should share the photo of number plate, contact details with family and relatives.

The response that is coming in from all quarters including the government of Telangana is that women should not be out of homes and at work past 8 pm. The chief minister of Telangana on Monday conceded to a long-standing demand by women employees at the state transport corporation. He allowed them to not work night shifts and went on to ask, "Would we sit back and send our daughters to work at 12 in the night? No, right".

According to the latest from the World Bank data, India is well below the global average and even below all its neighbours when it comes to women in the workforce.

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, CMD of Biocon discussed the issue at length with Shereen Bhan.

“This is an admission of failure on the part of the police and the law enforcement agencies because it tells you that they are incapable of providing safety and security for women which is a shame,” said Mazumdar Shaw.

“I think this is a country where women have to be made safer. This is a country where we have to focus on societal cleansing because this is also about swift justice knitted out to the perpetrators of such heinous crime and we need to do a vast number of measures to make this a safer country for women,” she added.

Talking about women working in shifts, she said, “As a business leader I have been asking for women to be allowed to work round-the-clock and this is the same excuse I am given all the time saying that it’s not safe for women to do a second shift.”

“This means that all state governments are not capable of giving a safe working environment or a safe environment for women, which is shocking,” Mazumdar Shaw added.

She further said that hearing and procedures in a rape case need to fast-tracked.
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