the naivety of it all..

This report in The News today made me laugh out loud at the naivety of it all.Traffic problems can’t be magically fixed within a week. Boarding up the already cramped women’s compartments might help, but wouldn’t it be better to actually enforce rules and fines and educate people? And I’m actually going to try caling 15 the next time I’m harassed on the road – I’d be surprised if the police would even bat an eyelid at a woman in distress.

KARACHI: Sindh Home Minister Rauf Siddiqi issued instructions to the capital city police officer (CCPO), and the DIG, traffic, to resolve all traffic problems and transporters have been instructed mend their ways in a weekís time.

Saying that women were subjected to humiliation while traveling in mini-buses and coaches, he demanded serious action against the violators of traffic rules and regulations, especially those overspeed, overtaking, parking at wrong places during rush hours, and violation of signals.

According to a press release issued by the information department, government of Sindh, the interior minister has got complaints from women who face problems at the hands of men traveling in ladiesí compartmentsí.

Transporters have been instructed to veil ladies compartments with light metal sheets within seven days and advised women commuters to contact ’15’ or the nearest police station in case of any misconduct by male passengers.

The CCPO and DIG traffic police have also been instructed very strictly to follow all the instructions seriously on the matter. He further said that it had been noticed that some coaches, buses carried the names of certain companies/individuals, indicating thereby that the vehicle belonged to some police high-ups and that they were looking into this matter too. Legal action should be taken against people who leave their broken down vehicles in the middle of the roads and bridges wisthout bothering to have them towed away.

3 Comments so far

  1. Aman (unregistered) on September 30th, 2005 @ 2:37 pm

    May be they should put the womens compartment at the back that way they’ll have a chance to molest the men :P

  2. Zag (unregistered) on September 30th, 2005 @ 3:38 pm

    Actually there are some busses which are run by a community, i don’t remember the name, that have women compartment in the back.

    As far as this report is concerned…. we have seen similar news reports many many times in the past, yet we still wait for these words to be implemented.

  3. Imtiaz (unregistered) on October 5th, 2005 @ 9:01 pm

    ive seen community run buses, like the dawoodi bohra jamaat and a cpl of memon jamaats that dont even have a ladies compartment separetly…

    u know why?
    cos everyone travelling in those is required to be a member and if any guy screws up, it’ll take them 5 mins to get to his family!

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