Reserve 8 seats for women or face music
SP TRAFFIC WARNS MINI BUS DRIVERS
GK CITY REPORTER
Srinagar, Feb 7: Taking serious note of mini-bus drivers failing to keep eight seats reserved for women, the Traffic police has directed the public transporters to implement the orders forthwith in the summer Capital even as the men in blue gave a “logical rule” for the reservation.
Some months back, the traffic police on the directions of Inspector General of Police Traffic Hemant Kumar Lohia had asked the bus drivers to keep seats reserved for the female folk and had even distributed complimentary stickers among some of the bus drivers.
“But the fact remains that the bus drivers have failed to adhere to the orders because during on the spot inspection we found no adherence to such norms,” Superintendent of Police Traffic, Haseeb-Ur-Rehman told Greater Kashmir.
He said even though the accused were being fined for the violation of the orders, they had come up with lame excuses pleading that they would get reserved seats properly labelled with paint in summers.
“We have given a logical solution to this problem, first eight seats behind the driver seat are reserved for women,” the SP said.
The official maintained that these reserved seats were irrespective of other seats occupied by the women.
“If women are sitting in other seats as well, still eight seats behind the driver are reserved for them… This is just like the way it happens in places like New Delhi,” he explained.
The official, however, regretted that people in Kashmir were losing moral values of giving special status to women.
“Earlier such women friendly endeavours used to be voluntary initiative, but now law enforcement agencies have to enforce such values through rules,” he said.
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