Kolkata Police to Implement Gender Awareness Campaign for Taxi and Taxi Drivers
The initiative comes in light of several app taxi drivers misbehaving with female passengers over the past two years.
The training will be financed by the Nirbhaya Fund of the Union’s Ministry of Women and Child Development.
Kolkata Traffic Police is implementing a gender awareness initiative for drivers to ensure that women in the city can safely drive in app-based taxis and taxis, even at night. Kolkata Traffic Police Southeast Guard officers will be tasked with rolling out the initiative dubbed the âThis Car Respects Womenâ campaign. It is expected to train 12,500 app-based taxi, bus and car drivers. The main objective of the campaign is to reduce the number of crimes committed against female passengers.
In addition, taxis with âThis Car Respects Womenâ stickers donated by the Kolkata Traffic Police will be part of this initiative of the State Department of Transportation and the Kolkata Police. This sticker and a certificate will be given to drivers who have successfully completed the training. They will stick the sticker on the windshield of their vehicles. The initiative comes in light of several enforcement taxi drivers who have behaved poorly with female passengers over the past two years.
According to The Times of India, the training will cover topics such as sexual harassment and violence against women in public transport, as well as how to properly interact with female passengers. Drivers will be required to undertake two sessions that will last up to 75 minutes each. A senior officer believes that such training programs will also be followed in the future by other traffic officers. He added, âAfter training the application taxi drivers, we also plan to train bus drivers. “
Reports suggest that officers hire psychiatrists, college professors and gender experts to lead these sessions. The training will be financed by the Nirbhaya Fund of the Union’s Ministry of Women and Child Development. On Tuesday, Indrajyoti Sengupta, a motivational speaker affiliated with the KP Pronam Initiative, will deliver the inaugural session at the Southeast Guard.
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