New 'risk map' pinpoints danger areas for sexual harassment

New 'risk map' pinpoints danger areas for sexual harassment

staying safe: Palang Pracharath Party's Bangkok MP Thanikan Pornpongsaroj points to sites in Bangkok and its vicinity deemed to be unsafe for women.
staying safe: Palang Pracharath Party's Bangkok MP Thanikan Pornpongsaroj points to sites in Bangkok and its vicinity deemed to be unsafe for women.

A network of organisations has unveiled a "risk map" highlighting more than 600 spots in Bangkok and its vicinity where women could be at risk of sexual harassment.

Waraporn Chaemsanit, representative of "Safe Cities for Women", said the map marking 611 risky spots is designed to warn women of possible dangers and nudge the authorities concerned to take action.

It is based on high-risk places in the city where attacks or assaults have occurred. However, authorities are happy to add sites based on responses they get from the public.

Of 611 sites marked risky, 288 are scattered in and around Thammasat University's Rangsit campus in Pathum Thani, 114 in Bangkok's Lumpini district, and 75 in Phaya Thai district.

The public has been invited to upload photos and information about areas where they feel unsafe via Line application's "Team Pueak", which will then forward the message to related authorities.

Ms Waraporn added that since the map was released, Thammasat University has taken steps to boost safety at its Rangsit campus by installing more lights and security cameras.

Meanwhile, Pol Col Kampol Rattanaprateep, superintendent of Lumpini police station, welcomed the project and vowed to step up patrols in risky locations. He said police keep records of complaints to draw up crime-suppression plans, but some sites may have slipped notice. "Information from Team Pueak is useful for boosting public safety," he said.


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