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HindustanTimes Wed,17 Sep 2014

Women's Day special: free drop back for party girls tonight

Debasmita Ghosh, Chetna Dua, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 07, 2013
First Published: 19:57 IST(7/3/2013) | Last Updated: 01:38 IST(8/3/2013)
Restaurants in the city  want women to get home safe after partying today; it’s their day after all.

On the occasion of International Women’s Day and in the wake of the December 16 bus gang rape, clubs and hangouts in Delhi are offering a free drop-back to female guests who visit them tonight.

While some eateries, such as Fusion Lounge in GK II, Crowne Plaza Today New Delhi Okhla, Bar-king Street Bar at Connaught Place and Buzz in Saket say they will drop all their women guests at the nearest Metro station after dinner, others such as Tivoli Garden Hotel, Chattarpur, Cafe Cruise, Rajouri Garden, Bora Bora, Saket, Soy So Chinese and OTB, Khan Market, Pizzeria Rossa, Raas and OTB, Hauz Khas Village will not only drop women till the nearest Metro station but also drop them back home after 10pm.

“We want our female guests to reach home safely, and we won’t hesitate to drop them home even ourselves,” says Nikita Khattar, owner of Bora Bora. Vikram Bhalla of Tivoli group says, “Women should be able to enjoy while dining out without worrying about how to get back home.” The news has brought some relief for girls.

“More than discounts, this is what matters ... we won’t have to be stranded on the road at night, which is otherwise the biggest problem,” says MBA student Mukta Tiwari. another initiative... The Citizen’s Collective Against Sexual Assault is organising a gathering near India Gate at nine tonight for people to show support for women’s safety through slogans, poetry and songs. The theme is ‘Din Hamara, Raat Hamari’ (Day and Night both belong to us). Anyone can join.
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