Safe pub­lic trans­port a must

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - SPECIAL - Aakriti Va­sudeva htre­porters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: The gan­grape on De­cem­ber 16 has once again raised the is­sue of women's se­cu­rity aboard pub­lic trans­port in the Cap­i­tal.

Although DTC buses have long been con­sid­ered un­safe by women, they claim that even the Metro is not a suit­able alternative. "Although the Metro is safer than trav­el­ling by bus, I have been mis­be­haved with even in­side a Metro sta­tion at iso­lated cor­ners where se­cu­rity is lax. But I don't have a choice," said 22-year old IGNOU stu­dent Kanika Khanna.

Oth­ers doubt the mon­i­tor­ing at Metro sta­tions. "Although I pre­fer the Metro, I can't be sure that the CCTV cam­eras are ac­tu­ally work­ing," said 22-yearold stu­dent Charus­mita.

How­ever, what has en­deared the Metro to many women in the city is the re­cent ad­di­tion of a women's only com­part­ment.

But there are many who con­sider no pub­lic trans­port safe. "Even pri­vate ve­hi­cles are not safe. The government must take ini­tia­tives to make pub­lic trans­port safe for women. There should be both fe­male and male po­lice guards in a bus and there bet­ter se­cu­rity at metro sta­tions," said 24-year-old Ur­vashi Bera.

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