After Uber rape case, cabbies across India face govt ire; Barring Kerala?

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Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 12: This might be a very short stint, but the state governments are finally rising to the necessity of safe transportation for women. While Uber has been banned in many states in India, including Karnataka, Hyderabad and Maharashtra.

However, changes can be noticed in the attitude of transport authorities toward other cabbies too. For instance, Chennai police has started the verification of its cab drivers. They have instructed the cab operators to maintain a database of their drivers and also conduct a thorough background check.

Kerala has a solution for women's safety

Kerala, in fact, has gone a step ahead. It has introduced a taxi service for women for the safety of women passengers. Many IT professionals and executives avail these taxis for a safe journey home.

With this, women in city have abandoned their company cab services too where there is a male driver and an uncertainty whether they will reach home safely.

However, there is another concern at fray-the safety of the women drivers. While the taxis are monitored by GPS from a control room, there are emergency buttons both for the driver and the passenger.

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Currently, there are 28 such she-taxi drivers in Thiruvananthapuram, run by the states Department of Social Justice. In fact, the Kerala government will extend the services to Kochi.

It is important to note at this point that the number of working women is likely to jump to 25% in the last 10 years. The move, if adopted across the country will be a welcome change for the steady rise in working women in the country.

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