The Delhi Police deserve wholesome praise for the intelligent and efficient manner in which they solved the case of a rape in a so-called safe taxi in the capital (“ >Delhi puts brakes on Uber service ,” Dec. 9). At the same time, it should set everyone thinking about the need to prevent a recurrence of such unfortunate incidents. The crux of the matter appears to be the absence of effective implementation of existing legislation. While a red carpet for foreign investors is welcome, the message should ring out loud and clear that laws do not exist only on paper. India cannot send out signals that it is unsafe.
This refers to a letter (Dec. 9) on employing women as taxi drivers. There are safer travelling options available in the form of all-women taxi fleets, yet these have failed to spread as there is a lack of proper funding and, therefore, reduced visibility. Women often have to operate in a male-dominated business. It is difficult for women to get licences. More than this, it is the fact, as with most women-run ventures, that banks are hesitant to extend loans as such projects are perceived to be financially unviable. Perhaps the government should start operating taxi services.