Sunday, November 28, 2010

[ZESTCaste] ‘Men should not be allowed in seats reserved for women in PMPML buses’

'Men should not be allowed in seats reserved for women in PMPML buses'
Express News Service Posted online: Sun Nov 28 2010, 06:08 hrs
Pune : Various city-based women's organisations on Saturday said the
Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) had failed to
implement the system of reserving seats for women on buses, leading to
incidents of eve-teasing. However, the PMPML administration said women
themselves should raise voice against this on the buses, but also
promised to appoint a flying squad to curb incidents of eve-teasing.
A survey by voluntary organisations working for women in the city
found that as many as 63 per cent of women commuters covered in the
survey faced eve-teasing on public transport buses in the city, while
only about five per cent said the bus conductor intervened to help

Based on the survey, a dialogue between administrators and citizens
was organised at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Cultural Auditorium on Saturday
in which representatives of Aalochana, Arogya Sena, Akhil Bharatiya
Janawadi Mahila Sanghatana, Asha participated.

"Even though the PMPML administration has kept reserved seats on the
left side of the buses, the conductor cannot always keep an eye on
them. Since his main job is to issue tickets and collect money, it is
difficult for him. The women commuters as well as co-passengers should
raise a voice if any male passenger is encroaching upon the reserved
space. Even though the PMPML administration cannot do much about the
eve-teasing incidents per se, we will have to think about appointing
flying squads to curb such incidents," PMPML spokesperson Deepak
Pardeshi said.

"Many a times, even if the conductor takes the bus to police chowkies,
women do not come forward to register complaints against the
encroachers," he added

Sanyogita Dhamdhere of Centre For Advocacy and Research, said,
"Eighteen organisations together had run a signature campaign with a
list of five demands forwarded to PMPML. The demands include a
helpline for women who face sexual abuse while commuting, special
buses for women on certain routes and increasing frequency of buses,
permission for women and old people to board the buses from the front
doors, so that the incidents could be curbed."


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