Reportedly in the wake of massive outrage following the brutal rape and murder of a veterinarian in hyderabad, various agencies in bengaluru are stepping up security measures to ensure women’s safety. Meanwhile the bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) and bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) have now installed measures to ensure the safety of female passengers.
According to report, BMTC on saturday said that women security guards would be deployed at waiting lounges in 12 major bus stations in the city, who will survey the premises. Perhaps the waiting lounges will be open from 6 am till the last bus leaves the station. Since december 3, the BMRCL has been providing a woman guard on every train that runs beyond 10 pm. Accordingly nearly 31% of BMRCL’s daily ridership of 4 lakh commuters are women. However, the ridership of women passengers is low after 9.30 pm.
Moreover BMRCL introduced this in the wake of reports of crimes against women and also after several women passengers had complained of men entering the coaches meant for women only. Apparently there were also complaints of men misbehaving with women travelling late at night. Previously BMRCL, on december 4, issued a notification that allowed women to carry pepper spray for self defence. Earlier, the BMRCL had banned pepper spray as it is flammable.