In a comparative survey between Mumbai and Delhi that analysed crime victimisation and public safety perception, data revealed that more people in the national capital worry about their safety when they have to use public transport after 9 pm.
Of the 3,035 residents surveyed in Delhi, 45 per cent said they worry about their safety while travelling by public transport after 9 pm, compared to 14 per cent of 3,658 Mumbaikars.
The survey — ‘Crime Victimisation and Safety Perception’ — was conducted by NGO Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative. While late night travellers in Mumbai preferred buses, those in Delhi relied on the Metro and considered shared autos and taxis the least safe mode of transport, stated the survey.
In Delhi, the Metro was perceived as a safer mode of transport with 81 per cent men and 78 per cent women preferring it, while buses were found to be most popular in Mumbai, used by 77 per cent men and 79 per cent women. The study added that 68 per cent people in Delhi felt unsafe using their own transport after 10 pm. The participants were asked to answer questions based on their experiences between July 2014 and June 2015.