New Delhi, July 10: “Drugs or liquor,” asked a teeger, smoking pot with his friends on a dark and cloudy July night in a Delhi park, boasting how they could freely use the sprawling green space for “anything” they want. There was no security around and the park — like most city parks — was also not lit properly to make it safe for evening or night strollers. An IANS correspondent visited three DDA-maintained parks after sundown — the scenes of a double-murder, the lynching of a 20-year-old man, and an attack on a freelance woman scribe — and found conditions the same even after the three chilling crimes in the past four months raised questions about the safety of Delhi’s public spaces.
It was past 10 p.m. Shahwaz, 19, also called “Raja”, was sitting in a circle with six friends, giggling aloud and playing cards in east Delhi’s Sanjay Lake park where 20-year-old Sanjay Giri was lynched by a group of people for allegedly molesting a four-year-old girl. Shahwaz was interrupted by a friend’s tap on his shoulder who brought a small marijua-filled pipe to his mouth. Raja took a drag with cupped hands. “Everything goes on here. Ganja, smack drugs or liquor,” he said, extending the smoking pipe and offering a drag. (IANS)