Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Malliwal has called for the removal of child locks in private cabs. Malliwal sent a notice to the transport department, saying that the child lock in cabs increases the possibility of crime against women.

Malliwal said that if a female passenger is travelling alone and the cab driver activates the child lock, she will not be able to open the door from inside. This could increase the possibility of a crime against her.

“A passenger cannot open the door from inside if the cab has a child lock. This increases the possibility of a crime. The commission is working towards getting the child lock disabled in cabs,” said Swati Malliwal

Earlier, the DCW had recommended that cabs should have stickers (Unlock Child Lock) to make the customer aware. But when the commission did not receive a reply, it summoned the special commissioner of the transport department.

The special commissioner said that child lock is a safety feature and this recommendation comes under the jurisdiction of the central road and transportation ministry. But he will definitely present the suggestion before the Ministry.

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He said that the State Transport Authority issues permits for operating cabs in the city. He supports DCW’s recommendation of putting stickers and he will ensure that the State Transport Authority passes it.

“A woman should feel safe while travelling in a cab. The Delhi Commission for Women is working towards making cab journeys safer. A passenger cannot open the door from inside if the cab has a child lock even if they wished to. This increases the possibility of a crime. The commission is also working towards getting the child lock disabled in cabs,” said Malliwal.

Picture credit- Hindustan Times

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