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12:00 AM, June 06, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, June 06, 2008

Female commuters' problem

The number of women coming to the job market is increasing. Their daily commuting often becomes a nightmare as most of them cannot get on a bus easily and they are often harassed by the men surrounding them. Several attempts had been made to introduce separate female bus service in the city but they failed for obvious commercial reasons.
In the mid sixties, I was serving as an apprentice marine engineer at a marine workshop in Karachi. In those days bus was the mode of transport I had to use. It was uncomfortable but I could not afford anything better.
In all the buses in Karachi I saw that the front compartment of the bus was separated from the rest of the bus. There was a front door for the front compartment which was reserved for the female passengers. If there was no female passenger then the space would remain vacant but no male passenger would be allowed to enter the compartment. I think this could be a solution to the sufferings of the female commuters of the city. It can be made mandatory for all buses to have separate compartment for female passengers.
I hope our policy planners would give our women folk the break they badly need.

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