Survey ranking of world cities – from Thomson Reuters survey site
What happens when you conduct an economic survey of rising price index and select only lower income group, people, to opine? Will you get a correct indication of the economy? What happens when you ask strict vegetarians about the pros and cons of eating non-veg? Will you ever get a correct comparison?
World’s Dangerous Megacities
In a recent example, Thomson Reuters just did that. They set out to rank top 19 most dangerous megacities of the world and selected 20 ‘experts’ in women’s issues from each city to opine.
This survey conducted on four different parameters of public life, i.e. i) Sexual Violence, ii) Access to Healthcare, iii). Cultural Practices and iv). Economic Opportunities and asked one question in each area that needed to rank their city based on their perception.
On the sampling of respondents, the Thomson Reuters site states –
“Our list of experts was compiled from a database of women rights’ experts built by the Thomson Reuters Foundation team that runs the annual Trust Conference and from key groups in each city in the survey. The list also reflected Google searches of the most prominent women’s issues experts in each city.”
So, only prominent feminists were asked questions (and not general sociologists or public or normal women) to create a perception of women’s safety. It was like asking activists like Medha Patkar to talk about “how Indian dams are safe for the environment (damn it)”. Will people like her who was under ED scanner for getting money from abroad to agitate Indians against all development projects, ever say that dams are also needed?
But intellectuals in Thomson Reuters have ranked world’s cities based on such biased poll and also claimed that they involved ‘StarMine’ a Thomson Reuters company that ‘specializes’ in models in analytics. The analytics industry should now die a thousand times for obvious reasons.
The survey methodology was simple, Thomson Reuters team asked one question each to each participant over phone or email and asked them to give scores to their city. What a cost-effective method of doing a global survey and also to publish the results on a website. Amazing!!
Questions asked in each area are listed below –
Women can live in this city without facing the risk of sexual violence including rape or sexual attacks or harassment
Access to Healthcare
Women have good access to healthcare including control over reproductive health and maternal mortality
Women are well protected from potentially harmful cultural practices including female genital mutilation, child, early or forced marriage, female infanticide
Women have access to economic resources such as education, ownership of land or other forms of property, and financial services such as bank accounts
So, we find that the survey questions (or statements?) were vague in nature and were based on one’s perspective on the issue. For example, what did ‘Good Access’ to health care mean? Could this be quantified or standardized to get the same perspective from all the respondents? What did ‘well protected’ mean? How much protection is ‘well’ and how much is not. Did all respondents have the same perspective about these generic terms? Did they use same yardsticks to measure these perspectives? Since there are too many parameters affecting these areas, we don’t see any expertise in data modeling or analytics here, and see a school level project that our kids do in their secondary standard, is being termed as ‘expert’ analytics. No wonder when some random journalists try to do something for money, they produce some crap, and then publish that on a glossy website to show how great their study was. Soon other idiots will refer to this study and will create global campaigns.
In this survey, Delhi is ranked as #1 city in terms of sexual violence on women, so let’s look at what the feminist respondents had to say about this city. These stories are available in the ‘Stories’ section of the survey website.
While the survey wanted to rank the current situation in these cities, the story starts with 2012 Delhi gang rape. Clearly, the 2012 incident played a major role in ranking, when the survey was for a recent time.
Rebecca Reichmann Tavares, head of U.N. Women in India who also worked in Brazil; said to Reuters that she was not surprised with poll results as the poll was based on perceptions and didn’t really mean the sex crimes in these cities are higher. She agreed that ‘there isn’t definitive data to suggest that rates are higher in Delhi or in Sao Paulo’.
Now, to understand what kind of NGOs were asked about their perception to rank these cities, we need to see the last part of the stories section on Sexual Violence, where Rishi Kant a Supreme Court advocate was quoted saying – “For too long, the perpetrators have acted with a sense of impunity. The certainty of punishment is the best deterrent.”
When we know that he is from the NGO Shakti Vahini, that used to instigate women to file false rape cases, we know exactly why Delhi is ranked #1 city in this otherwise baseless and aimless survey.
- Shakti Vahini tutored a woman to file a false rape case against her employer
- Shakti Vahini demanded unconstitutional law
The article says Shakti Vahini is a Delhi-based charity that supports victims, whereas they used to instigate women to file false rape cases and get money from those victims as well as from the accused. We know their charity has a reason.
The first news item above says, that the NGO Shakti Vahini was involved in thousands of rape cases where they claimed to have rescued a woman and then filed rape cases in court. Since they had tutored this minor girl to testify against a businessman that he had raped her, we can imagine how many more such cases were filed by them against different other men, who could not open their mouth in fear of shame.
From this kind of survey, we understand two things –
- How false rape cases filed by these NGOs become the basis of shaming Delhi and thus India (because Delhi is the capital, so shaming Delhi is attacking India) and
- How these NGO lawyers got into our Supreme Court and we understand exactly why justice is a far cry in the Supreme Court today.
I am not getting into other areas of the survey to save your time. We already understand how feminist surveys are done and how India is promoted as the rape capital of the world.