- ‘She Shuttle’ is equipped with a well-monitored surveillance system with CCTV cameras
- The initiative, called ‘She Shuttle’, was inaugurated by the police at Infosys, Pocharam Village, Ghatkesar
HYDERABAD : In a move to improve measures for the safety and security of women, the Rachakonda Police on Monday inaugurated the exclusive bus service for women passengers in Hyderabad.
Speaking to the media, Mahesh Bhagwat, CP, Rachakonda, said: “On the occasion of the International Day of Elimination of Violence against women, Infosys has taken up a valuable initiative to launch an exclusive bus service for women.”
Bhagwat further appreciated the efforts of Infosys towards women safety and security. He stated that all forms of violence against women will be eliminated and a Rachakonda Security Council will be formed.
The initiative, called ‘She Shuttle’, was inaugurated by the police at Infosys, Pocharam Village, Ghatkesar.
It is the latest technology-driven security system for all women passengers and an exclusive transport system for the working female professionals in the area.
‘She Shuttle’ is equipped with a well-monitored surveillance system with CCTV cameras, a lady security guard and a smartphone application for every passenger with a panic button.
He also acknowledged the efforts of the Society for Cyberabad Security Council (SCSC) for their ‘Margdarshak’ program for women safety.
SHE TEAMS was introduced in Telangana state with a moto to provide safety and security to women in Telangana and to make Hyderabad a SAFE AND SMART CITY.
The program of SHE teams was launched on 24th October, 2014 with the aim of curbing eve-teasing in all aspects, in all forms, at all places, providing safety and security to women in the society, facilitating healthy environment for womens mobility thereby building up confidence in women to fulfill the Telangana Government commitment of safe and secure Hyderabad City to women.
SHE Team is a first of its kind initiative in the country launched by the Telangana government on 24th October 2014 with the vision of providing a safe and secure environment for women. These teams are headed by Ms. Swati Lakra IPS, Addl. CP Crimes and SIT. SHE Teams are engaged in round the clock surveillance of the city by mapping out “hotspots” and “hot timings” where offenders pounce on unsuspecting victims.
She teams are a boon to the women in the State who can get timely police help and go about their work without fear.
As per October 2017, in just 3 years, there were 3,500 cases registered. 20% of the accused have been imprisoned and the rest 80% has been penalized.
The latest technology-driven security system, all-women passengers and an absolutely free ride is what makes ‘SHE Shuttle’ a dream transport for many.
The initiative was launched with two buses plying on loop, covering all the important junctions in Madhapur, Gachibowli and the surrounding areas, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., throughout the week.
In 2017, the service was extended for women workforce between LB Nagar and Pocharam. The service will be plying on loop covering all important junctions between LB Nagar and Pocharam throughout the week from 8 am to 11 pm.
- SHE Shuttle is an exclusive transport system for the working women professionals in the IT Corridor, rolled out for the transit safety especially for the last mile transport.
- SHE Shuttle equips itself with a well monitored Surveillance System with CCTV, a lady security guard and a Smart App for every passenger with panic button.
- SHE Shuttle services runs from 8AM to 11PM duly integrating with company security and WhatsApp Control Room.
- As on today SHE-Shuttle travel statistics states 802 passengers availing services, with 33 users on an average trip. The shuttle services has covered 357 Kms overall and has 1972 registered women commuters so far.
SHE Cabs could not take off a safe flight
While ‘SHE cabs‘ were launched amid much fanfare, it is clear that the initiative has been a big flop with only six such cabs operating in the entire city. In fact since its inception in November 2015, only 4,623 trips have been made by women cabbies, as per figures from the Cyberabad Traffic police at the pre-paid booth in RGIA.With an average of 20 trips a day by all She cabs put together, six of the operational cabs run just an average of three trips a day, against eight by regular cabs.
The She cab initiative has been plagued by several problems. Among many issues, women drivers who had signed up for new vehicles after getting a hefty subsidy are now finding driving `too taxing’. Besides this, some drivers have been involved in minor accidents, many avoid peak hour traffic or have given up driving, authorities confess. “Initially we had selected 18 applicants of whom 10 started driving She cabs at the time of its launch.
Hyderabad City Police is making every effort to ensure the safety of the Hyderabad’s Urban Women. The list of initiatives and strict and prompt action for every complain is keeping the City safe for Women compared to other big Indian cities.
Training & Resourcing
Sakha Consulting Wings Pvt. Ltd. is a unique social enterprise, launched to provide safe transport solutions for women by women in selected cities of India.
In partnership with Azad Foundation – a not for profit, Sakha provides livelihoods with dignity in professional driving to resource-poor women in India as part of “Women on Wheels (WOW)” initiative. The women are mobilized from the poor and marginalized sections of society, and their entire training and development is undertaken by Azad Foundation. Driving skills are provided by Maruti Institute of Driving and Technology Research as well as Azad Foundation’s in-house trainers. In addition to driving, these women are taught self-defense by the Delhi Police, Crime against Women Cell to equip them with the means to deal with any untoward incident that they may face on the roads.