Petition update

Thank you for 1 lakh signatures

Anushree Vaidya
Mumbai, India

Feb 23, 2020 — 

Hello everyone!

I am so happy and grateful to know that the petition now has more than 1 lakh signatures. A big thank you to all of you who believe in this cause and want more women behind the wheel.

Let’s keep sharing the petition with more people because we need to amplify our voices manifold times to get a commitment from Ola Cabs and Uber before the deadline i.e., 8th March 2020. The deadline is just two weeks away.

I would also like to share with you a few chilling news articles about women being harassed in cabs.

One incident which took place in Bengaluru, a young woman, alleged that she was sexually harassed by the Uber cab driver. She said that the driver held her leg before pulling her t-shirt and trying to put his hand inside her top. Just reading this made me squirm with fear and unease.

In another incident that was reported in Gurugram, a first-year student had a harrowing experience while traveling alone in an Uber cab. She alleged that the driver was incessantly staring and then masturbating in front of her during the ride.

Even in Mumbai, an autorickshaw driver was arrested in Mulund region for allegedly staring at a woman passenger and issuing a threat. This led to her jumping off the running vehicle and sustaining head injuries.

Read about these incidents here-
https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/uber-driver-arrested-after-bengaluru-techie-narrates-molestation-attempt-complaint-118435

https://m.timesofindia.com/city/gurgaon/student-in-cab-driver-stares-at-her-masturbates/articleshow/74216629.cms

https://www.indiatoday.in/crime/story/mumbai-woman-jumps-off-rickshaw-as-driver-behaves-obscenely-1646832-2020-02-15

How is any girl supposed to feel at ease after she reads about such incidents? Of course, I know not all drivers are bad, but how do we know which ones are? How can I be assured of the fact that every time I board a cab alone, I won’t meet with a similar fate?

I know for a fact that women drivers would allay a significant chunk of this fear burdening the women passengers. And therefore, I hope Ola Cabs and Uber commit to hiring more female cab drivers.

But slicing through these dark clouds of fear comes a ray of hope in the form of Sakha Cabs. Sakha is a social enterprise providing safe transport for women by women in four Indian cities and creating well-paid employment opportunities for women as professional taxi drivers. Sakha has provided over a million safe rides to its female customers since a decade. They have now partnered with Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) to launch an all-woman cab service at Terminal-3 of the New Delhi airport.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/cabs-driven-by-women-for-women-from-igi-t3/articleshow/73451761.cms


Reading about this made my heart swell with the desire to travel safely in a Sakha Cab, if only it were in Mumbai. Not only do I wish for Sakha Cabs to come to Mumbai, but also for the big companies like Ola Cabs and Uber to lead the change on a bigger scale. With Uber operating in 40 cities across India and Ola Cabs operating in a nearly 125 cities, starting a pilot project of hiring 200 women drivers in Mumbai can be a start to a big and meaningful change.

CALL TO ACTION:

Tweet to Sakha Cabs to roll out services in Mumbai- https://ctt.ac/kHxTA


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