06 JANUARY 2015 Kathmandu Nepal – Yet another drama unfolded in Kathmandu as a local transport organization started a Women’s only Mini Bus service where thousands of women are using the service along with men and had no major violation reported till date.Its aim is high but it is not gonna stop the violations that already in people’s mind. The better idea to work out to be separate allocation of sitting rather than having separate insufficient buses and to avail the law to carry only according to the seat available.
According to the news reports, Nepal’s capital has introduced women-only minibuses in a bid to protect female passengers from sexual assault, the transport operator organizing the service said on Monday.
Four 17-seater minibuses were flagged off in Kathmandu with large “women-only” signs on Sunday and they will operate on key routes in Kathmandu during morning and evening rush hour.
“Groping and sexual assault is a problem for women who use buses, especially during peak hours when buses are overcrowded,” said Bharat Nepal, president of the Bagmati Federation Transport Union, which introduced the service.
“This is our small initiative to make commuting safe and secure for female travelers.”
Only one of the buses currently has a female conductor but he said that the goal was to eventually employ an all-women crew.
In a 2013 World Bank survey, 26 per cent of female respondents aged between 19 and 35 years said they had experienced some form of sexual assault on public transport in Nepal.
Complaints about groping prompted authorities in neighboring India to introduce women-only carriages on the metro system in the capital New Delhi in 2010.
Nepalese Society is not that conservative at this time and if you are travelling with your husband or father or brother, it is impossible to wait for another bus to come and pick you up to the same destination that you are going to.
Moreover this will only fill the headlines of some news papers for a while and would be no where soon. we should educate public, enforce strict law against sexual violations and take extra precaution while travelling could be the answer for better moderate community.
The Similar services were introduced in many countries around the world and most of them are not making any major impact on reducing sexual violence against women. In some countries it is progressing and in many it is only a symbol of public awareness campaign. Let’s hope for increased amount of buses running all over Nepal for women separately in the future to come.