To ensure that women in the city can travel safely in taxis and app-based taxis at night, the Kolkata Traffic Police is planning to roll out a gender awareness program for drivers.
The ‘This car respects women’ initiative is likely to train 12,500 app-based taxi, bus and car drivers. The training will address issues such as sexual harassment and violence against women on public transport and will attempt to teach drivers how to behave properly with female passengers, India time reported.
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Kolkata Traffic Police Southeast Guard Officers will launch the Taxi Driver Training Initiative starting Tuesday, December 7 and ending on March 15, 2022.
Drivers will be required to attend two sessions, with each session lasting up to 75 minutes. Reports indicate that the cops are asking psychiatrists, university professors and experts on gender issues to conduct these sessions. The training will be part of the Nirbhaya Fund allocated by the Union Ministry for Women and Child Development.
According to a traffic official, Kolkata Police Training Academy and Kolkata Traffic Police will jointly start the training.
“Over the past two years, the city has witnessed several incidents of app-cab drivers misbehaving with female passengers. So to ensure the city is safe for female commuters, we will be launching the training program for the South East Traffic Guard” says so, as quoted by The new Indian Express.
He added that such training programs will also be taken up by other traffic officers in the future. “After training the app-cab drivers, we also plan to train bus drivers. At the end of the training, the drivers will receive a certificate and a sticker – This car respects women – which they must stick on the windshield of their vehicles,” the officer said.
The main objective of the campaign is to reduce the number of crimes against female passengers.
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