Women protest outside the Indian High Commission, London January 7, 2013. Five men accused of raping and murdering an Indian student were read the charges in a near-empty courtroom on Monday after the judge cleared out lawyers for bickering over whether the men deserved a defence. 

As per a survey by the Thomson Reuters Foundation,India’s capital Delhi is one of the worst megacity in the world on the parameter of women safety.

The December 2012 attack of a 23-year-old woman was a watershed in the fight for women’s rights in India, the world’s largest democracy, prompting thousands to take to the streets demanding action against rising sex attacks.

The public outcry not only forced authorities to strengthen gender laws, establish speedy courts for rape and set up a fund for rape victims, but also opened up the conversation on sexual violence in the largely conservative, patriarchal nation.

The survey was conducted in 19 megacities (having more than 10million population) of the world between June and July 2017.

Japan’s capital Tokyo emerged as the safest city in terms of risk of sexual harassment.

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