‘I was eve teased dur­ing my col­lege days in Delhi’

Says singer Neeti Mo­han who shares how she wants Delhi to be a safer place for women

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Leisure - Tor­sha Sen tor­sha. sen@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

Play­back singer Neeti Mo­han (left), who hails from Delhi, says that she would want to see the Cap­i­tal be­come a safe city for women. “Un­like Mum­bai, where it is quite safe even if we are go­ing out for work late night, women’s safety is a se­ri­ous is­sue in Delhi. It is one of the main rea­sons why girls in the city are not be­ing able to use their full po­ten­tial to make their dreams come true,” says Neeti.

“Be­ing a Delhi girl, I know how dif­fi­cult is it when you are left to deal with eve teas­ing even in broad day­light. There were var­i­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties that I got, but couldn’t take them up be­cause my par­ents used to give me a strict dead­line of 7pm. I had to head back home by that time at any cost.”

Neeti, who stud­ied in Mi­randa House in Delhi Univer­sity, says, “I have been eve teased many times dur­ing my col­lege days. But I used to re­ply back to a lot of guys. I first used to talk to them nicely; if they did not hear me, I used to shout at them and ex­plain that I am not okay if they were look­ing at me in a cer­tain way or say­ing cer­tain things. I have even slapped two guys.”

“I feel very re­spon­si­ble about a girl’s safety and her am­bi­tions be­cause I be­lieve that for girls, their dreams are very spe­cial for them. For ex­am­ple, when I started out, my goals were all that mat­tered to me,” adds Neeti, who has given her voice for a song in the film, Saavi — A Bonded Bride.

Ask her if she comes to Cap­i­tal very of­ten, and the Ishq Waala Love singer says, “My fam­ily and I have shifted to Mum­bai few years ago, but, I of­ten visit Delhi for shows.”

Un­like Mum­bai, where it is quite safe even if we are go­ing out for work late night, women’s safety is a se­ri­ous is­sue in Delhi

— Neeti Mo­han. singer

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