Over 90 per cent of women feel unsafe while travelling on Kerala roads after sunset, a study conducted by Sakhi, a women’s organization, revealed. 98% women in Thiruvananthapuram and 99% women in Kozhikode cited sexual harassment as their major concern. The study, ‘Safe City Free of Violence against Women and Girls,’ was conducted in Trivandrum, Cochin, Trissur and Calicut.
The study disclosed that women's helpline number 1091 was ineffective in the four cities. The organisers of the study said that this was mainly due to lack of funds, facilities, such as vehicles, and sufficient trained personnel.
According to the official statistics available with the Kerala Police 9758 crime cases against women have been registered till September last year. Malappuram tops the chart in crimes against women reporting 962 cases followed by Trivandrum Rural (858) and Kannur (742). Malappuram district recorded maximum number of rape cases — 70.