How safe is Kolkata??

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Hi everyone!
How safe is Kolkata relative to other metro cities in India at the moment? I mean, especially for a woman. I have been living outside India for many years now, but am a native of Kol and quite keen to return soon as I greatly miss my place! I'd be working and all, and will thus have to commute daily.... and all that stuff.
I have no qualms about having to adapt to an Indian lifestyle again, but the only concern is SAFETY.
Please advise. All perspectives are welcome.
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Welcome back to Kolkata.

I don't know if this qualifies as a 'well thought reply' and my emotions maybe interfaring in making a just assessment...however..lets look at it from different perspectives. First of all, it depends on how you define safety...if safety to you mean terrorist threats, then it is much safer as compared to othe rmetros like Mumbai or Delhi. However, I guess, you meant how safe the city is for women, and though there's no scale to measure how safe a city is, from my experience I can tell you, it pretty safe. I havent stayed in metros like Mumbai, Chennai or Bangalore, but since I stay in Delhi, I would say Kolkata is comparitively much safer for a woman than what Delhi is. You will have to take into account a lot of factors though - where your office is, how far it is from the place you'll be staying, your office hours etc. If you are into a shift where you need to come home late at night, then there's a probability that your office will provide you with a transport facility, which takes care of the safety of the employees, specially female employees. However, as you mentioned that you are a native Kolkatan, you must be having a fair idea of the city, and its probable that you have relatives staying in Kolkata. Discuss your concerns with them (if thats possible), and I am sure other IM ers will come up with their 2 cents.

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kolkata as far as i am concerned - is safe...
as far as local transport is concerned - avoid them crammed buses and trams in them peak hours.
avoid wearing spaghetti anything if you're walking around - unlike in bombay.
in bombay too, i can hail an auto at 3am - and all is well. not so in kolkata.

but as far as i remember - kolkata is 'safe' for single / or not, women
do you have any specific safety requirements... because otherwise you'll get just general comments.



most of the kolkata-bashi's are in the cricket thread right now
but i'm sure they'll be along soon !! one of them already has !!!!

julia, nayan and yyam am guessing will help out as well


welcome back to shonar bangla, nicegirl
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Originally Posted by brishti View Post most of the kolkata-bashi's are in the cricket thread right now
but i'm sure they'll be along soon !! one of them already has !!!!
Hey Brishti! Not only Kolkata-bashi's..probashis as well!!
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true true.
theek hain - one time kolkata bashi's - besh ?



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Originally Posted by sagarneel View Post Welcome back to Kolkata.

I don't know if this qualifies as a 'well thought reply' and my emotions maybe interfaring in making a just assessment...however..lets look at it from different perspectives. First of all, it depends on how you define safety...if safety to you mean terrorist threats, then it is much safer as compared to othe rmetros like Mumbai or Delhi. However, I guess, you meant how safe the city is for women, and though there's no scale to measure how safe a city is, from my experience I can tell you, it pretty safe. I havent stayed in metros like Mumbai, Chennai or Bangalore, but since I stay in Delhi, I would say Kolkata is comparitively much safer for a woman than what Delhi is. You will have to take into account a lot of factors though - where your office is, how far it is from the place you'll be staying, your office hours etc. If you are into a shift where you need to come home late at night, then there's a probability that your office will provide you with a transport facility, which takes care of the safety of the employees, specially female employees. However, as you mentioned that you are a native Kolkatan, you must be having a fair idea of the city, and its probable that you have relatives staying in Kolkata. Discuss your concerns with them (if thats possible), and I am sure other IM ers will come up with their 2 cents.

Sagarneel.
Thank youuu Sagarneel.... excellent reply! Yeah even I thought that Kolkata must be safer than Delhi etc. Of course I'd need to do a LOT of planning before the move... finding a good job and a good place to stay would be steps 1 and 2 respectively.
Well my concern isn't quite related to terrorist threats. It's more the daily safety issues (like crime, road and transport safety), how to go about on the roads etc. You see, even though I'm a native of Kolkata, I was a young child when I left Ind with parents. But now am dying to return..! I've also visited Kol a number of times in the interim, albeit being strictly guarded by parents. Thus I have a fair idea about the city, but my knowledge is still very limited (but growing rapidly!). And as for my relatives and extended family, they only have BAD and negative things to say about the city. I'm pretty sure they're biased, and thus I don't want to count on their opinions too much. They complain way too much, even if nothing particularly bad has ever happened to them! If others can cope with living there AND can live well, then so can I. It's totally my kinda place.

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Originally Posted by brishti View Post kolkata as far as i am concerned - is safe...
as far as local transport is concerned - avoid them crammed buses and trams in them peak hours.
avoid wearing spaghetti anything if you're walking around - unlike in bombay.
in bombay too, i can hail an auto at 3am - and all is well. not so in kolkata.

but as far as i remember - kolkata is 'safe' for single / or not, women
do you have any specific safety requirements... because otherwise you'll get just general comments.



most of the kolkata-bashi's are in the cricket thread right now
but i'm sure they'll be along soon !! one of them already has !!!!

julia, nayan and yyam am guessing will help out as well


welcome back to shonar bangla, nicegirl
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Thanks Brishti!! Love your reply too. I've been hearing a lot about the newer and modern buses that have been introduced on the roads in recent times, which are supposed to have replaced the older "tin box" ones. Maybe that's a good transportation option. Basically my safety requirements would be stuff like being able to commute daily and go places without standing the risk of getting kidnapped/raped, robbed, scammed etc. Oh plz don't tell me it's merely a matter of luck..! In fact, any and every kind of info or safety precautions would be helpful!

And yeah regarding clothing and attire, I'd only dress modestly or else in traditional wear. I'd also be conservative about the places I'd go to.

Eagerly awaiting more replies........
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Originally Posted by nicegirl View Post Well my concern isn't quite related to terrorist threats. It's more the daily safety issues (like crime, road and transport safety), how to go about on the roads etc. You see, even though I'm a native of Kolkata, I was a young child when I left Ind with parents. But now am dying to return..! I've also visited Kol a number of times in the interim, albeit being strictly guarded by parents. Thus I have a fair idea about the city, but my knowledge is still very limited (but growing rapidly!).
Look, petty crimes occur every where in the world. Kolkata is no exception, however, my feeling is that its not something to be scared of. However, as a word of caution, let me advise you to be cautious of pickpockets in case you avail public transport like buses or metro. Be alert, and you wont need much to worry about.

[/QUOTE] And as for my relatives and extended family, they only have BAD and negative things to say about the city. I'm pretty sure they're biased, and thus I don't want to count on their opinions too much. They complain way too much! If others can cope with living there AND can live well, then so can I. It's totally my kinda place. [/QUOTE]

Perfect then! ....yeah, people living in Kolkata often don't understand the positives of living in the city, its only when they move out that they start missing it. Kolkata has its own problems of ongoing political dramas, which often (unfortunately)stretch way more than daily soaps, traffic jams, clutter et al, however, once you become used to them, the city seems like a beautiful place to be in. If its 'totally your kinda place', it just adds cherry to the cake.
Off the topic of safety, I would give you a tip, which I often give to my friends travelling to Kolkata in winters: Go to the Maidan area in an early winter morning (dont worry about safety, you'll find lots of people flocking around for morning walks) and board a tram. A tram ride by the maidan/ Victoria memorial area on a foggy winter morning is one of the best things one can enjoy, given he/she is appreciative of kinda romantic things like this.

Take care,
Sagarneel.

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