Kerala women friendly: Going through the official data, crimes against women are on rise in Kerala. May be more crimes are coming into notice due to increase in the awareness. Merin Joseph, DCP of Kozhikode, wanted to find out how much Kerala is women friendly? Merin decided to walk the streets at night along with two women constables – VK Soumya and M Sabitha. All three were in plain clothes as they were anxious to know how people reacted to ordinary women. It was a new experience, not just for the women but for the entire police department as the experiment was a first-of-its-kind.DCP said that, “When I travel in my official vehicle as a cop, I get a completely different experience, which is drastically different from what an ordinary woman walking on the road goes through. We wanted to see the experience women have to face, when they step out at night. I was sure nobody would recognise me”.Incidentally, apart from the three of them, there weren’t any women in the streets that day. In some areas, men whistled and harassed them verbally but in most places they only came across surprised glances. Merin believes that though because of continious patrolling violence against woman have come down but lots more to be done for making women safe.
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