Ranjeet Kour, First Woman Auto-Driver In Jammu Is Breaking Stereotypes

Keeping up with the ideation of bringing a hike to the number of women behind the wheel, Ranjeet Kour, is one of the first women to drive an auto-rickshaw around the roads of the Jammu region.

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In the wake of a Rapido driver sending inappropriate messages to a woman passenger, calls have been made to make travel safer and increase the number of female drivers. Keeping up with the ideation of bringing a hike to the number of women behind the wheel, Ranjeet Kour, is the first woman auto-driver on the roads of the Jammu region.

A resident of Kunjwani region in the Jammu district, Ranjeet Kour the woman auto-driver has taken the step with the help of a scheme named UMEED of Jammu and Kashmir Rural Livelihood Mission (JKRLM).

With the right help and support, Kour has become an inspiration for many women and is treated and seen as a very respectable figure by people wherever she goes.

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Ranjeet Kour revealed that she earns around 1,500 to 2,000 rupees daily and is even getting special bookings in her area, She claimed that she is now getting praise from across the board wherever she goes and her passengers are getting really impressed by her courage.

As a matter of fact, the UMEED scheme under Jammu and Kashmir's national rural livelihood mission is a centrally sponsored one to encourage and promote women to be self-sufficient and self-dependent.

It also promotes women to make small savings so that their Self-Help Groups (SHGs) could eventually become bankable at very reduced rates of interest. Not only this but hundreds of women in Jammu and Kashmir were encouraged and helped to come out of poverty and become successful entrepreneurs through the UMEED scheme.


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It's not hard to say that it's a great time to take such initiatives, as crimes against women by men behind the wheels. Recently, a Rapido driver's inappropriate messages to a female passenger went viral and raised questions about women's safety and transport. Meanwhile, recent news about male cab drivers molesting women passengers also has women on edge.

When we hear about any such incident the fear of it happening to us crawls inside of us, which ultimately takes us away from the aim of having a normal work life, therefore it's important to promote female drivers as women feel safer with them. Like a woman from Pakistan on Twitter shared a screenshot of a female cab driver named Rukhsana’s profile and shared that she felt absolutely safe and comfortable with her throughout her ride.

At these times it's the need of the hour to promote women cab drivers for ensuring much greater safety for the women out there, we should learn from people like the female Uber driver named Nandini from Bengaluru who had her young child sleeping next to her in the passenger seat while she made the rounds around the town. It's high time we praise and support such women who work efficiently in this male-dominated work field in order to create a safer travel experience for all women out there.

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