Moving to a new city? Wondering which city is safe for you as a working woman?
There was a time when women were only responsible for taking care of the family and for household chores. As times are changing, more and more women in India are going out to work. We are seeing the number of young girls and women, studying and working outside their homes increasing day by day.
A woman is a caretaker, an educator, a global shaper, and all these roles make her an important part of our future. Thus, they must feel safe and protected everywhere they go. Many cities in India are developing and are supporting women empowerment where women, who desire to study or work can freely migrate.
The safety of women is a matter of great concern and is a major part of most governments’ agenda, which involves policies aiming to reduce gender-based violence and crime. We bring to you the top 13 cities in India which are the safest for women.
Mumbai has consistently been ranked as one of the safest cities in India. Being the most developed and posh city in India, it is also the financial and commercial hub. The city not just plays a role in people’s lives through its economy and finance, but also entertains its citizens with the most satisfying and profitable offers. It is also considered one of the most expensive cities in India, but keeping in view the privileges it offers to people, the expenses are all worth it.
Mumbai is also very famous for its fashion trends and Bollywood film shoots. Many migrants from various parts of India come to the ‘dream City’ to try their luck at Films. Mumbai has an excellent night-life which is enjoyed by most people. You will see shops, restaurants, malls open even in the wee hours of the night. Women feel safe to travel even at night in Mumbai due to readily available transport and buzzing nightlife. Whether it’s the poor or rich, male or female, everyone here is welcomed with an open heart.
Bangalore is also known as ‘Silicon Valley of India’. Being the cosmo city and the IT centre, its pub culture dominates everything else that it offers. IT hubs and its tech are solely responsible for many people tending to move to this city for work and study.
Over 62% of people in Bangalore are immigrants, which makes the city more diverse in terms of their cultural values and traditional ethics. It is now the third most populous city in India. It also offers a varied cuisine with dishes from all around the world. Citizens in Bangalore show great unity and hospitality among themselves, which has made the city a very safe place to live in, especially for women.
Bangalore has got plenty of rental flats for its migrants with very low rental index, that are also safe and comfortable, so there is no need to worry about the stay if you are willing to move to this beautiful city.
Pune is one of the developing industrial and urban hubs in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, and thus, offers plenty of opportunities in various parameters, just like Mumbai and Bangalore. Its strong public and private infrastructure have made the city an attractive destination for all Indians.
The nature and wildlife around the city also contribute to its peaceful environment. Pune has more of Marathi culture and ethos, and hence, is a seat to north Indian classical music. Many job-seekers and students tend to migrate to Pune because of its high prominence to education, arts and crafts, and theatres.
Its wealth of open public spaces, which include parks, gardens on traffic islands, and playgrounds, have all increased living standards. These living standards and urbanization, in turn, contribute a lot to a more respectful and safe environment for women. The city also provides well furnished, comfortable spaces to many bachelors and women, but at a slightly higher rate.
Chandigarh is known for its architecture of famous buildings like Capitol Complex, High Court, Secretariat, Legislative Assembly, and giant Open Hand Monument.
Apart from being the capital city of Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh is the first planned city of India. Chandigarh is also credited with being the third cleanest city in the country under the Swachh Bharat survey of 2018. This is one perk for women living here since cleanliness is another most important factor after safety.
Chandigarh is also known to be the cultural capital of India, with many artists and writers residing here. The frequently held exhibitions, and performances by singers, dancers, musicians, and actors have inculcated among city residents a desire for the best in visual and performing arts besides literary encounters. The city has everything that one thinks of while visiting a tourist place. From a safe nightlife to well-maintained parks and gardens, several tourist places in Chandigarh will leave you mesmerized.
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Ahmedabad is often considered a safe and secure city in India for women. The city has experienced growing urbanization since the last decade. It has also seen great industrialization in the textile mills and is now called the ‘Manchester of India’.
Being the centre of Gujarat, Ahmedabad enjoys various rich cultural traditions of different ethnic and religious communities and is also the centre of Gujarati cultural activities. People in Ahmedabad are energetic and treasure each minute of their life. They simply believe in living life, and this makes it very easy for women to adapt quickly if they are new here. Ahmedabad’s food is most loved by vegetarians, due to its variety. The city is worth experiencing during Navratri, a nine-day festival which is celebrated here with great aplomb.
Indore is a beautiful and a very good tourist destination. Thanks to the rich black soil of the Malwa Plateau, the city has prospered into being the fourth largest centre of the cotton textile industry in India. Indore is also aptly considered to be the business capital of Madhya Pradesh. It is also very famous for its beautiful bangles.
The city has a mixed cultural background and this can also be seen in their food cuisines. People in Indore are hospitable, courteous, and soft-hearted and make the migrants feel at home. This city offers very great spaces to live at a moderate rental price.
Durga Puja in Kolkata
Kolkata, also known as the ‘City of Joy’ is the birthplace of modern Indian literary and artistic thought and Indian nationalism. Its citizens have made great efforts to preserve its unique culture and civilization.
Kolkata is also famous for its Bengali music and arts. The city is home to many famous museums and libraries. Kolkata is on the top of the priority list of most of the job-seekers, not only because of good earning potential, availability of top companies or education but also because women here feel safe and respected.
The city has been ranked as the safest city in 2019 as per the National Crime Reports Bureau list. Kolkata topped the list for the second time in a row. Well done Kolkata!!
Most importantly, the crime rate in Kolkata is much lesser than any other city, which is another reason for women to migrate here without any fear.
This is yet another safe destination in India with a relatively less crime rate. Though Chennai has a lot of poverty, it does not compromise when it comes to literacy for students and employment for its working population.
The city has emerged as a cosmopolitan city playing an important role in the historical, cultural, and intellectual development of India. The city has a prominent south Indian culture and is an epitome of South Indian architecture, music, dance, drama, sculpture, and other arts and crafts.
No doubt, it draws the quality of ‘Unity and Diversity’ from India, which makes its citizens much more friendly and hospitable. Chennai is an attraction in itself and is the fifth most populous country in India. Many solo female travellers, students, female employees wish to visit the ‘south capital of India’ at least once in a lifetime and cherish its rich culture and well-maintained beaches.
Hyderabad being a hub for various large IT companies is one of the fastest-growing modern cities in India, Hyderabad also provides various cuisines and is especially famous for its biryani. Also known as the City of Nizams and Pearls, the very famous monument of the city – Charminar adds up to the beauty of it. Hyderabad is a hub for various large IT companies.
Hyderabad is also known by a lot of other names. One of them is the city of happiness or the city of a thousand faces. These names are suggestive of the friendliness that resembles the environment of the city. The city has been marked best for its quality of living standard. Not just this, but the city has topped in almost every aspect, a few of them being low crime rate, good schools and curriculums, low pollution, and high employment. With so many accomplished appreciations, people from all over India wish to work here and experience all of it.
Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, is popularly known as the Pink City with broad avenues and spacious gardens. The bustling bazaars of Jaipur, famous for Rajasthani jewellery, fabric and shoes, possess a timeless quality and are surely a treasure-trove for the shoppers. This fascinating city with its romantic charm takes you to an epoch of royalty and tradition.
Jaipur is one of the most visited cities in India by foreigners and has much to offer to its visitors. The city celebrates lots of festivals and has a wealth of handicrafts and a royal legacy of palaces. Apart from what it offers its citizens, Jaipur is yet another easily adaptable city for women, with much more advantageous perks.
Surat is the eighth largest city and ninth largest urban agglomeration in India. It is also a very popular centre for diamond cutting and polishing. It is also well known for its textile industries. It is one of the most dynamic cities of India with the fastest growth rate due to immigration from various parts of Gujarat and other states of India.
Surat is also the cleanest city in India and is known by several other names like ‘The Silk City’, ‘The Diamond City’, ‘The Green City’. It has the most vibrant and varied heritage. People from all around the country flock in for business and jobs. Surat has a practically zero percent unemployment rate and jobs are easier to get here due to the very fast development of various industries in and around Surat City. Urbanization and literacy among citizens make the city safe and secure for women.
Moving towards southern India, here is a gem of a city you can’t miss! Puducherry is a union territory of India which was formed out of four territories of former French India, namely Pondichéry, Karaikal, Mahé and Yanaon, excluding Chandannagar. It is named after the largest district, Puducherry. The city ranks second to last on the list of Crime Rates across states and UTs of the country – which makes it one of the safest cities for women. The city is an upcoming hub of opportunities and represents a mix of cultures – primarily, however, South Indian. The UT is surrounded by the state of Tamil Nadu, with which, naturally it shares most of its culture, heritage and language.
Dehradun is the winter capital and the largest city of the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The city is located in the Doon Valley on the foothills of the Himalayas nestled between Song river, a tributary of Ganga on the east and the river Yamuna on the west. The city is noted for its picturesque landscape and slightly milder climate and provides a gateway to the surrounding region. It is well connected and in proximity to Himalayan tourist destinations and the main plain cities of the state. Other than the beautiful scenery and amazing weather, this city is also one of the safest for women – and provides several opportunities for growth for them. The city is home to several great academic institutions and is also growing as an employment centre. The people are nice and friendly – which makes the overall vibe of the city perfect for anyone.
With so many safe cities in India, safety for women is still a great concern and will continue to be until we see enough development in both rural and urban areas. Many women tend to move to different parts of the country, to continue their studies further, or to seek a job, but they fear to do so, even with such growing literacy and industrialization. With this fear, it has now become important to choose a place wisely. The decision, however, differs from person to person and depends on how each one would want their lifestyle to be and what they expect from the new place.