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Delhi strives to make female commuters feel safer

Delhi is taking numerous steps to help women feel safer while riding public transit. (Terry Feuerborn/flickr/cc)

The 2012 gang rape and murder in Delhi of a 23-year-old woman horrified India — and the world. Barbara Speed reports for CityMetric that India’s capital has responded with measures designed to reassure female residents of their safety while using public transit.

Since October, plainclothes female officers have been riding aboard the city’s metro trains so they can intervene quickly when there is sexual harassment. The first carriage on every metro train in Delhi has long been reserved for women, the article says.

Himmat, a smartphone app released by the city’s police department early this year, enables women to send emergency texts directly to law enforcement, Speed writes. Another app lets women instantly transmit photos of rickshaw or taxi registrations to police before accepting rides.

Despite these developments, the city has a long way to go with safety improvements for women. CityMetric notes that a recent poll conducted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation found that public transport in Delhi ranks fourth worst on women’s safety among the 16 largest world capitals. 


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