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Call for making travel by BMTC buses safe for women

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Members of Bangalore bus travellers Forum staging a protest near K.R. Market bus stand in Bangalore on Monday.—Photo: BHAGYA PRAKASH K.
Members of Bangalore bus travellers Forum staging a protest near K.R. Market bus stand in Bangalore on Monday.—Photo: BHAGYA PRAKASH K.

In an effort to raise awareness on the need to make travel by buses in the city safe for women, members of the Bangalore Bus Prayaanikara Vedike on Monday staged a protest, which they called ‘Women in Black’. As many as 60 campaigners from NGOs, colleges, women’s rights organisations and social minorities’ activists participated in the demonstration at K.R. Market.

They said that they wanted to mobilise people for making travel by BMTC buses safe for women.

“We plan to carry out similar demonstrations on the first Wednesday of every month until the BMTC brings all the stakeholders together for a discussion on the issue and drafts a plan to ensure safety of women bus commuters,” said Vinay Sreenivasa, a campaigner. Campaigners distributed pamphlets to commuters, bus drivers and bus conductors. “While some were extremely receptive to our message, and took extra pamphlets for their friends and family, others just returned them to us,” said Mr. Vinay.

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