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Cars and Women's Safety

In their detailed article “Can We Reduce the Rate of Growth of Car Ownership?” (EPW, 8 June 2013) Ghate and Sundar have rightly pointed at the alarming rate with which the ownership of cars is growing in the country. It is not purely economic reasons for which people are increasingly buying cars today. I would like to point out that the safety and security of the women is another factor which is contributing to this growth in car ownership.

The availability of public transport, as said by the writers, in the cities is not just low, it is often very unsafe for women to travel in them. Women are often molested, groped and face other forms of physical and verbal abuse inside buses and trains making public commute quite unpleasant. There is also the lack of safety between home or office and the nearest boarding place. Even if security is (marginally) increased in the buses and trains and around the boarding points, the roads/streets leading to the home(s) largely remain unsafe.

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