BMTC: Take action to stop sexual harassment of women on buses

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Gaurav Prakash Srivastava
7 years ago
Its very obvious reason. my sister mother travels in bus also....

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anupama parasar
7 years ago
as a women,i may be the victim some day.

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Shivani Jha
7 years ago
Because I am a woman and I know what being unsafe feels like!

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Salahuddin Mhmd
7 years ago
Half of me and every other couple whether married or yet to be married is a woman. I seek protection for myself while I still like to have freedom of movement.

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poornima sivaraman
7 years ago
we as women, should stand for ourself.the moment u see someone misbehaving, stop the bus and ask the conductor to make that person get out of the bus in front of others or take a photo and send through whats up and reason why it has been put up so that he would be punished wherever he does it. why do we celebrate durga pooja if we do not have respect for our women.if ur sister is harassed in front of u ,wont u react and why not get up and stand for other girls, sisters and mothers.how disgusting ,due to some sick mentality people, other men folk too are affected..join hands and start punishing yourself together. do not wait for help. all wants to see the tamasa only ,if GOD has given some body problem like the girls get affected, they won,t do this. they are not affected in any way menatally or phscically when a girl is raped. the court also ask the lady all sort of questions and the man stand there watching and having good fun, why this difference. punishment should be given faster,

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Kumar Pushkar
7 years ago
Dear Fiends,
BMTC is committed to safety of all Women commuters. In one of the recent study conducted at the national level, Bangalore's Public Transport was found to be the 2nd most safest city in India, for women safety, where about 80% of the responses felt that BMTC is safe for women.
Yet, I totally agree with the concern of all, who have signed this Petition. There are number of reported and unreported cases of sexual harassment in BMTC buses too. If reported, we are able to immediately take stern action, with active support of Banaglore Police. But unfortunately, many cases are not reported and hence, such incidents are not being tackled.
As a preventive measure, there are number of actions taken in BMTC for ensuring women safety. some of them are :
- seats reserved for women in the first half of the buses.This helps in segregating men and women passengers. If male passengers are found occupying such seats, they are entitled for penalty. Number of such penalties are being levied, during line checkings.
-BMTC has a helpline number for all commuters, which is 1800-425-1663. We also initiated another short code number 155220, which is temporarily disconnected.
Our call centre for Helpline has been upgraded recently, to reduce call drop cases and also a special feature has been added, i.e., if you dial 2 after landing on our call centre number, your call would be taken on priority, even disconnecting regular customer calls. No 2 is for people who have issues regarding Women safety and it would be dealt on top priority.
-A sensitisation training is being given to all Conductors, regarding their behaviour towards women and their safety.
- Regular awareness campaign is being done by deputing teams from BMTC, every month to create awareness among women, about what they should do, in case of any such incident.
A high level team has been formed under Director, Security and vigilance, with women officers from BMTC and Police and representatives from various NGOs. This meets on regular basis and discusses the actions to be taken to improve the safety conditions.
- 500 buses have been fitted with CCTV cameras during previous year, which acts as deterrent and would help in investigation, in case of any illegal and unsocial activity. We plan to install cameras on all 6800 buses this year and we have sought the financial support for Govt of India, under Nirbhaya fund.

Besides the actions being taken by BMTC, it is important for all women and men to fight against such actions, without fear and delay. Tolerating or ignoring such crime would lead to increase in number of such incidents. Women, as our mother, wife, sister or daughter, are all so confident and comfortable, within our homes but when they come out in public places, they lack confidence and anti-social elements take advantage of this weakness. I urge all women to be bold and report the matter to our crew as well as on Helpline number 1800-425-1663 and website www.mybmtc.com. Please be assured that we would immediately respond to all such complaints, on top priority. BMTC needs active support from all Commuters, men and Women, to ensure complete safety to women. Please share your suggestions for improvement.
Thanks and best wishes,
Pushkar

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Kumar Pushkar
7 years ago
As the Transport operator of BMTC, it is important to us that we ensure safety and good service to all our Commuters.

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midhun rej
7 years ago
I agree to you..but...we can't never trust our women act authorities...becz they react after the incidents..they never can't give a pricotions..

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Shamsuddin Wantmurikar
7 years ago
highly required and Govt and local community should think of best way to follow this. Help make Better India.

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Sabareesh Pillai
7 years ago
Because i care