Women drivers allege harassment, Pink autos stop services in Ranchi
The pink autos with women drivers that started especially for female passengers went off road on Tuesday, courtesy some unruly male auto drivers who allegedly misbehaved with the women drivers of these special autos.ranchi Updated: Feb 26, 2014 15:29 IST
The pink autos with women drivers that started especially for female passengers went off road on Tuesday, courtesy some unruly male auto drivers who allegedly misbehaved with the women drivers of these special autos.
Sunita Devi, a pink auto driver, was waiting for passengers at the Kadru auto stand on Tuesday when a couple of male auto drivers passed vulgar comments.
Sunita was forced to leave the auto stand and return home for the day.
The pink auto drivers are now threatening not to resume their work until strict action is taken against the alleged teasers.
Reena Devi, another pink auto driver, said that the male auto drivers not only pass vulgar comment but do not even let them carry passengers. “They always try and make our job difficult. They block our ways at the stands and even threaten us at times,” she said.
The chairperson of Jharkhand Pradesh Diesel Auto Chalak Mahasangh, Dinesh Soni, who trained these women to drive the autos, claimed that their male counterparts are hostile because they are losing passengers to the pink autos. “Women prefer the pink autos these days and this is making the male auto drivers aggressive as they are losing female passengers,” he said.
Traffic superintendent of police Rajiv Ranjan urged the pink auto drivers to lodge an FIR against the alleged teasers and let the police take action. “They should at least note the registration number of the auto and file a complaint with us,” he said.
The irked pink auto drivers will meet the SSP on Wednesday morning and lodge an FIR against the culprits. “We will not resume our work until any action is taken,” said Sunita.
First Published: Feb 26, 2014 15:25 IST