Change in mindset stressed for women-friendly transport

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:35, Oct 20,2020


Speakers at a workshop put emphasis on the coordination among authorities concerned and change in mindset of people from all strata to ensure women-friendly environment in public transports.

The workshop was organised by Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority at its office in the capital participated by officials of different government and non-government organisations. 

Road Transport and Highways Division joint secretary Jasmin Nahar said that most of the people were unmannered and uneducated in Bangladesh where no norms were followed inside buses.

She called for providing motivational training to transport workers and owners to build their professionalism for checking the problems related to women passengers in public transports.

Azmal Hossain, president of Dhaka Road Transport Owners’ Association, observed that the incidents of sexual harassments began in Bangladesh as an effect of the Delhi gang rape and murder incident in 2012. 

Without changing the entire society it would not be possible to make the public buses women-friendly, he added.

Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association chief executive Syeda Rizwana Hasan said that the bus operators have different perception than the female passengers who faced sexual or other harassment everyday on buses. 

She said CCTVs were very urgent inside buses which would automatically restrain bus staff from any misconduct.

Implementation of laws was also mandatory to eliminate all disorders in the transport sector, she added.

Bangladesh Society for the Change and Advocacy Nexus general secretary Salma Mahbub said that women with physical disabilities were worst sufferers of the present situation on roads. 

DTCA executive director Khandakar Rakibur Rahman said that overall road safety issue should get priority for passenger safety.

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