Hyderabad: An awareness campaign against harassment of women in public transport was by She teams today. “Hyderabad is the safest city in the world. It is our responsibility to provide a healthy environment for women,” said Shikha Goel, Addl. Commissioner of Police, adding that the objective behind launching this campaign was to provide safe and hassle free public transport to women in Hyderabad.
The programme was attended by as many as 1,500 persons including RTC drivers, conductors, autorickshaw drivers, cab drivers, representatives from Hyderabad Metro Rail, Ola cabs and girl students from various schools and colleges of Hyderabad.
“Hyderabad has been successful in enhancing the sense of security among women and with this campaign, we would like to empower women with the freedom to travel safely anytime, anywhere in the city,” she said.
Anjani Kumar, Commissioner of Hyderabad, appealed to all citizens to help the police make the city the safest in the world. He requested women to make ‘100’ as their Voicemail number and download the ‘Hawkeye’ app.
N.V.S. Reddy, M.D. Metro rail said, “Engineering is not for excellence, it is for the people, women and disable friendly.” He added that there are around 64 cameras in every metro station which have a 360-degree view to help surveillance. He added, “We are also planning to introduce a station at Madhuranagar for women.”
He further said that most of the Metro loco pilots are women. Mr Reddy lauded the police for launching this campaign and assured full support of the Hyderabad Metro Rail.
“People from different states come to study the She Team in Hyderabad,” said Sunil Sharma, Principal Secretary Transport Roads and Buildings, who unveiled the poster of the campaign. He added that various initiatives like She-buses, lady conductors, separate areas for women in buses and so on have been taken up by the RTC for the safety of women commuters.