Have you ever, as a woman, been a little skeptical of boarding an auto at night while coming home from work? The answer is almost always an yes, as with the increasing incidents of sexual harassment in the country, most women fear their safety, especially while travelling alone at night. This causes severe inconvenience to working women all over the country. In the light of such events, Kolkata, following the steps of Delhi, has decided to put women behind the three wheels with the first ever pink autos in Kolkata.
Pink autos in Kolkata?
Citizens will soon witness a pethora of pink autos in Kolkata, with three women already have taken up driving autos plying from the Tollygunge-Hazra route.
The reason behind this initiative of pink autos in Kolkata is two-fold. Firstly, the profession of auto-driving in Kolkata is entirely male dominated, and auto unions in the city felt like it is high time that women step up and make their presence felt in this profession. More than 60 female drivers are being trained a the moment, and the city will soon see them behind the wheels in pink autos in Kolkata.
Secondly, the aim is to make women feel safe when they are travelling in Kolkata. The pink autos in Kolkata will give them more confidence to use public transport at odd times of the day without the fear of their safety. This was done due to the increasing number of molestation and harassment cases coming up against auto drivers in the city.
The pink autos in Kolkata will be ferrying female passengers only. According to the auto unions, the color pink is put on the autos so that it is easily recognized by women. The choice of color might hint towards a bit of age-old sexism, but nevertheless, the intention is genuine and it is for the empowerment and safety of women, so we’ll make our peace with it!
Presently, three auto drivers Mousumi, Tandra and Mumtaz Begum have started driving their vehicles on the Hazra-Tollygunge route. It might take a couple of months for the entire pink fleet to take to the roads, and we cannot wait!
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