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Delhi Transport authority Mirrors women's safety efforts

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MUMBAI: As a result of putting people’s issues first and consistent follow-up to bring a change, Mirror Now has succeeded in its attempt to urge authorities to initiate steps to ensure safety against child lock in cars.

The State Transport Authority of Delhi made it mandatory for all commercial vehicles to prominently display a sticker that informs passengers on steps to disable the child lock facility available in the car.

In May 2017, Mirror Now initiated a campaign demanding removal of child locks in cars used for public transport as a potential security hazard for women travelling alone. A video shot by Faye D’souza educating women to check child locks before boarding cabs (as most crimes against women take place in a cab if a child lock is activated), went viral on social media and Whatsapp.

Mirror Now called upon authorities to demand removal of child locks from cabs or put stickers warning passengers to that effect. Subsequently, a petition to this effect was also submitted to the minister for surface transport Nitin Gadkari. The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) lately took cognisance of the campaign and raised this demand with the ministry and the state transport department.

The latter promptly responded.

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