In wake of rape cases, 'women-only' buses launched in India

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New Delhi, Sept 30: As the crime against women refuses to die down in India, there has been an increase in the "women-only" buses, taxis, cabs, travel groups and hotel floors, a report said.

According to The Washington report, after the brutal gangrape of a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus in the national capital, Delhi, India has seen a rise in "women-only" vehicles and also planning to open women-only parks and even banks.

As there are numerous cases of sexual abuse in India, this new initiative may give female commuters some respite from lewd looks, groping and unwanted male attention.

Delhi Metro has already introduced women-only coaches in October 2010.

But critics argue that "it's the men who need to change their behavior, not women."

Delhi Metro has already introduced women-only coaches in October 2010, so that women can commute comfortably.

In 2012, Delhi Transport Corporation had launched a bus service exclusively for women commuters on eleven major routes connecting major office and market complexes with residential colonies across the city. The 'Ladies Special' bus service was flagged off by chief minister Sheila Dikshit.

"I hope the new service will ensure safe and comfortable journey for the women commuters," Dikshit had said.

In Odisha's capital Bhubaneshwar, women have already given a "thumbs down" to the city bus operator Dream Team Sahara (DTS) scheme of women-only buses, as they said that these exclusive buses are of no use to them as they are not able to "travel with their spouses or male friends".

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