ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

A+| A| A-

The Anxious State

Strategies of surveillance of women reveal the state’s warped notion of public safety.

 

Nikita Sonavane, Ameya Bokil, Srujana Bej write:

Madhya Pradesh’s (MP) chief minister, as reported in the media, recently suggested that working women would be required to register themselves at the local police stations for “safety” tracking. The Uttar Pradesh police followed suit by announcing that Lucknow’s cameras will be equipped with artificial intelligence to capture photos of “women in distress” on the basis of their facial expressions to initiate police response. Police reliance on surveillance technology to address women’s safety has substantially increased in the aftermath of the 2012 Delhi gang rape. The Nirbhaya fund and Safe City projects have been initiated to reduce sexual offences. In Bengaluru, wrist “Raksha bands” contain motion sensors and a panic button to alert police when women are in danger; while in Mumbai, `18 crore has been allotted for GIS-mapping of criminal “hotspots.” The surveillance of women by the state machinery has been rather common, whether it was the case of Gujarat in 2008 or weak judicial responses in other instances.

Dear reader,

To continue reading, become a subscriber.

Explore our attractive subscription offers.

Click here

Updated On : 6th Feb, 2021

Comments

(-) Hide

EPW looks forward to your comments. Please note that comments are moderated as per our comments policy. They may take some time to appear. A comment, if suitable, may be selected for publication in the Letters pages of EPW.

Back to Top