A 100 buses to end travel woes for women in Delhi

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - City - - MY CITY - Ruchika Garg ■ ruchika.garg@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Be­ing a woman, does trav­el­ling in a closed AC bus late night post work make you worry about your safety? If yes, then it’s not just the con­cern of one, but many women in the city. “No mat­ter what mode of trans­port we use, there is al­ways a sense of fear. We can’t sleep, no mat­ter how long is the jour­ney from our of­fice to home,” says Pallavi Singh, a work­ing pro­fes­sional in Delhi.

Women safety, while trav­el­ling, is cer­tainly on the pri­or­ity list of se­cu­rity agen­cies in Delhi. There­fore, Delhi Po­lice re­cently in­tro­duced the safety app Him­mat, and also im­part self­de­fence train­ing in schools and col­leges. And now, Delhi Po­lice have in­tro­duced 100 pri­vate buses, in as­so­ci­a­tion with an app, to make travel safer for Delhi women.

Depen­der Pathak, Spe­cial CP (Traf­fic), who in­au­gu­rated this bus ser­vice, said, “Delhi Po­lice have and will con­tinue to make the city safe for women to live, work, and travel in. We will con­tinue to part­ner, in any way pos­si­ble, with cred­i­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions in this re­gard. The app presently has more than 30,000 peo­ple trav­el­ling ev­ery­day, and our as­so­ci­a­tion will help boost the use of the Him­mat app. The idea is to cre­ate aware­ness for safety of women.”

The women helpline num­ber 1091 and in­for­ma­tive posters on Sashakti (self­de­fence) train­ing and other ini­tia­tives by Delhi Po­lice are dis­played on these buses. Mes­sages on women em­pow­er­ment and an­titer­ror­ism are also dis­played on both sides of the buses .

“In our buses, 35% users are women. When the buses start, there is a face recog­ni­tion tech­nique to en­sure that the driver as­signed for the job is the one driv­ing the bus. Women also find it safer when they get to buy the pass be­fore board­ing the bus, and be­come sure of their safety. We try to make com­mon peo­ple aware about women’s safety. In this case, we are us­ing our buses to spread this mes­sage on be­half of Delhi Po­lice,” says Amit Singh, founder of the app.

Delhi po­lice have and will con­tinue to make the city safe for women to live, work, and travel in. We will con­tinue to part­ner with cred­i­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions in this re­gard

DEPEN­DRA PATHAK,

SPE­CIAL CP (TRAF­FIC)

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