A gruesome gang rape aboard a moving bus in Delhi last year has prompted the rollout of a special service: women-only busses. “The idea is to provide a safer mode of travel to avoid incidents of harassment,” police superintendent Rajendra Asari told reporters after the first route opened in his home province, Gujarat. India’s Urban Development Ministry has requested 63 cities to launch similar initiatives. The December 2012 rape, which prompted outrage domestically and abroad, but has been followed by further similar criminal acts, highlighted persistent problems of gender inequality in India. Tellingly, in Delhi the busiest routes connect residential areas to markets.
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