Seeing another pink initiative after the pink buses in Lahore, is commendable where it promises to empower women, enabling them to earn in a respectable way but such plans can backfire as these rickshaws, with female drivers, can become easy targets for criminals, who think women are easy prey. Moreover, these female rickshaw drivers will be more vulnerable to harassment, abuse and violence as it will be inevitable for them not to have any sort of encounter. In my opinion, further segregation will only enhance eve-teasing and harassment problem. The only solution seems to be inculcating respect, for the fair gender, for which each pillar of society needs to play its role effectively before women come out on the streets.


Australia, April 3.