Women Can Carry Pepper Spray In Hyderabad Metro
MD of HMRL NVS Reddy informed, “For the safety of women, we have decided to allow pepper spray. Our security staff at Metro stations have been directed to allow the same.”
Concerning the safety of women in Metro, following Bengaluru, Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) too modified a policy where in women can carry pepper spray during transit in Metro from December 3rd 2019. This comes after the ghastly incident of Veterinary Doctor Rape and Murder reported in Hyderabad.
Earlier Pepper Spray were not allowed in Metros and Airports considering it as a security hazard. The concern of pepper spray not being allowed in Metro came into question after one male commuter recently took to Twitter to ask authorities why their security staff confiscated pepper spray from women in some stations.
Several women’s welfare organizations urged that transport agencies should keep women’s safe commute on top priority. Apart from increasing frequency and the number of cars, the government should make public announcements on how men should behave in the interest of women’s safety.