There’s a deafening cacophony in the air. Shrill calls for the death penalty and castration. Neither of which will make cities more accessible to women. Narratives of danger proliferate. Delhi is once again being labelled the ‘rape capital’ a slur that will only mean that women daring to step out, especially at night will be castigated, for only the crazy or the morally reprehensible would venture out into the ‘rape capital’. More stringent punishment has never meant more conviction nor has it been successful in curbing crime. A few thoughts, by no means conclusive, on how we might think about this crime and what it means for our cities.