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Sexual harassment of students on public transport: An exploratory study in Lucknow, India

Tripathi, K; Borrion, H; Belur, J; (2017) Sexual harassment of students on public transport: An exploratory study in Lucknow, India. Crime Prevention and Community Safety , 19 (3-4) pp. 240-250. 10.1057/s41300-017-0029-0. Green open access

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Abstract

Studies suggest that incidents of sexual harassment are common occurrence on public transport in India, but there is little reliable data to understand and tackle the problem. This research explores actual and witnessed victimisations as well as perceptions of the risk by a sample of 200 tertiary female students in Lucknow, India. Consistent with literature, sexual harassment victimisation appears to be most prevalent in buses and increases with the frequency of use of public transport. We found that the number of incidents experienced as a victim and as a witness were comparable, suggesting events of sexual harassment are not widely noticed by other passengers, perhaps because they are so commonplace as not to be especially noticed. Finally, the respondents felt female students were particularly targeted amongst women more generally, but did not identify any specific risk factors in relation to the profiles of the offenders or victims.

Type: Article
Title: Sexual harassment of students on public transport: An exploratory study in Lucknow, India
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1057/s41300-017-0029-0
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1057/s41300-017-0029-0
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2018, and the article is forthwith distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits use, duplication, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license and indicate if changes were made.
Keywords: Sexual harassment, Public transport, Victimisation, India
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1557686
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