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article imageIn wake of gang rapes, India begins women-only transportation

By Michael Krebs     Sep 28, 2013 in World
In response to the disturbing gang rape incidents that made headlines around the world, India has begun instituting a women-only subculture.
Women-only buses and taxis are being implemented across India, as the nation continues to react to the brutal string of gang rape cases that have brought global media attention to the Indian government and to the culture at large, the International Business Times reported.
“Traveling in crowded buses with men is such a nightmare," a female commuter told The Hindu. "We would not have any peace of mind as many men try to molest us in the rush. We could now stop worrying about our daughters going to schools and colleges.”
It is difficult to obtain reliable statistics of rape incidents in India, but other sexual assaults against Indian women have been widely reported.
"Though statistics do not suggest notably high rates of rape in India, the figures are highly questionable," The Economist reported earlier this month. "Anecdotally, almost every woman seems to have a story of being accosted, groped or worse."
While some see the separation of women from men as a failure by the Indian government to address the matter head on, the female-only options are a welcomed solution among Indian women.
“It’s the ways of men,” Sarita, a 60 year-old female traveler told the Washington Post. “They’re not good. How can we coexist?”
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