Sexual harassment on public transport: 'Drive predators straight to police station'

A woman traveling on public transport could ask the driver to drive the vehicle straight to the nearest police station if someone sexually harasses her, reads a banner put up by the assistant regional transport officer (ARTO) Budgam.

The banner says that the women have been empowered to make such a complaint by the Supreme Court and High Court directions.

The banner reads: “If the driver refuses to take the vehicle to the nearest police station, his permit to ply will be cancelled.”

ARTO Budgam Mubashir Jan said transport associations have been told to ask the drivers to display this message on all public transport buses and taxis.

The order has come as a relief to the women commuters in Kashmir, especially college going girls, who continue to face sexual harassment in public buses.