Women’s safety is always one of the important issues in India, and now you can help to improve the situation by using various crowdsourced maps.
The above crowdsourced map displays all reported sexual harassment and abuse in public areas in India, and welcome anonymous reports from map users. Map users can mouse click the inserted link “More Information” for the full story, and leave comment for it.
You can filter the pins on the map by selecting specific categories in the legend.
There are many ways to contribute the map, for example buy using mobile app, sending an email, filling the form on the website, or even sending a tweet with hashtag (#pinthecreep / #safecity).
Another crowdsourced map, HarassMap-Mumbai, is specifically for citizens in Mumbai. Similar to the previous one, map users can see more information by clicking the inserted URL, can filter pins by clicking selection in the categories legend, and send report to the map administrator. However, this map supports an additional feature, timeline.
Map users can filter data by selecting specific period, and currently the time frame is from August 2013 to January 2014.
Some may think these maps could not really help to reduce the sexual harassment nor make the regions safer,but the ultimate purpose of these maps is to encourage women to speak out and flight for their rights.
However, these maps are not comprehensive enough as the maps depend entirely the number of people with access to the internet, or use smart phone, and it needs time for approval before showing the location on the map.
There is other ways for creating crowdsourced maps that map users can submit report directly on the map, and map administer still got the right to monitor/control the submitted pins.
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It is believed that more similar maps would be launched in India and different countries as crowdsourcing is always one of the best and quickest way to collect first hand information.