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Walk will claim back streets

ANNA LOREN
Last updated 05:00 06/03/2014
MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi
SAFE STREET: National MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi wants people to feel secure in Papatoetoe. 

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People should feel safe on their streets in the evenings, National MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi says.

An event tomorrow aims to help them do that.

Since the attack on local woman Praveet Chahal in January some women have been reporting that they are now scared to go walking in the evening, he says.

"We should not be losing those good, healthy habits of going for a walk."

Mr Bakshi and colleague Claudette Hauiti are inviting members of the public to join them on a "walking bus" through Papatoetoe.

The walk will start at the corner of Portage Rd and Station Rd and proceed down Station Rd and St George St before ending at the Papatoetoe Library.

Mr Bakshi is expecting at least 40 or 50 people to come along and hopes it will help them feel more secure in their neighbourhood.

"Unless people feel safe in their homes, they won't feel safe anywhere."

People need to be assured that Papatoetoe's crime rate has dropped and to be encouraged to speak up when they witness acts of violence, he says.

Ms Chahal will be at the library after the walk to speak about her experiences.

She says it is understandable that other women are scared after what happened to her but they should still get out and about.

"I'm still quite traumatised by the whole event. I wouldn't wish this to happen to anyone," she says.

"I'll be talking about what happened to me so that people are more aware that when things like this happen they need to do something to intervene."

Assemble from 5.30pm outside the dairy at 49 Portage Rd. The walk will start at 6pm.

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- Manukau Courier

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