In the wake of rising crime against Women in Delhi/NCR region, where thousands of women commuters commute daily from nearby regions, the Gurgaon police has initiated a safety drive for women by launching pink-roofed auto rickshaws plying for women only.
At first stage, 22 pink roofed auto rickshaws have been implied as a pilot project in the city.
“We have launched this drive for the safety of the women. Women are often mistreated and eve-teased while travelling in an auto-rickshaw. But now they will have separate autos, only for women,” he said.
Last month’s rape of a physiotherapy student on a moving bus in the national capital New Delhi and her death in hospital have triggered unprecedented national outrage and demands for better safety measures in the country.
As a part of this drive, police have identified 22 auto drivers and verified their identification documents, providing them with special identity cards.
“In order to control crime against women, the Haryana police have taken this step. If the administration helps, then this could prove to be very successful. The police have put 22 autos and they have thoroughly verified all of them. If the passenger feels that they are being mistreated by any of the drivers, then they can dial 100 and lodge a complaint,” said Amit Kumar, auto driver.
Gurgaon has a poor public conveyance system and women, especially those without a personal vehicle find the newly introduced auto service a boon.
Ritu Singh, a passenger, said that the service would prove to be beneficial only when the auto drivers do not refuse to ferry the women passengers.
“It is a very good service and facilitates women who are coming from outside and who do not have their personal vehicles. However, the condition is that they should not refuse to take us to our destinations,” she said.
–With ANI Inputs–