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Crime against women affects business environment: Assocham

NEW DELHI: The business environment gets affected due to lack of security of women as they account for a large chunk of workforce, industry body Assocham said today. 

"In the absence of a safe environment in the metropolitan city and the NCR as a whole, productivity will suffer drastically as employers would not feel safe to make them (women) work after the sun-set," the chamber said in a statement. 

It said lack of security to women would strike at the root of the business environment. 

"It is the women who largely influence buying decisions. Moreover, in a large number of activities and sectors, women form a large chunk of workforce," it added. 

Assocham said India Inc is watching helplessly the worsening law and order situation in the national capital region as confidence of women workforce stands completely shaken, following a spate of barbaric incidents of rapes in Delhi where the Police has totally fallen short of its duty to protect citizens. 

"These incidents are likely to lead to travel advisories among some countries which will warn their women against coming to the NCR," it said. 

It said the sense of despair is so prevalent among the women workforce that most of them refused to even participate in a poll on security. 

"The problem is that whenever a horrific incident takes place, no accountability is fixed at the top level and only people are shuffled gently at the lower level. The man sitting at the top sits back and relaxes watching the situation," said Assocham General Secretary D S Rawat. 

"If it is conveyed through a widespread campaign that the rapists would be hanged as per the law, it would act as a deterrent. Secondly, action should be taken against the police officers who show laxity and insensitivity," he added. 

A five-year old girl was raped on April 15 in a building in east Delhi's 
Gandhinagar locality. She was rescued 40 hours later on April 17.