As newspapers and mainstream media continue to splash headlines on the rising violence against women, a Mumbaikar’s story of travelling late at night is gathering positive attention from netizens!
Twitter user Vijayeta, who goes by the handle @SacredInsanity on the micro-blogging website wrote about how anxious she was to reach home after her cab broke down past midnight.
But her saving grace at the time came in the form of another woman, a lady auto-driver.
“My cab broke down near Powai, past midnight. Stopped an auto and was wonderfully surprised to see a woman driver. She dropped me home, we chatted, and it felt so good to live in a city where women do feel safe enough to be out at all hours. Really hope it stays that way!”
And while the tweet is indeed a breath of fresh air for most women who still have to do a double check before stepping out in public places post-midnight, it also sheds light upon an irony.
One Twitter user replied positively, saying, “If a woman can work as an auto driver well past midnight, it’s a safe place,” another sceptic said, “70 years after independence, we still get excited about women driving autos that men normally do. The day when things such as these are considered as a normal will be the day when India would have come of age! Will wait for such an India!”
Nonetheless, the person was sure to sign off saluting the lady auto driver saying, “This lady is driving the change, not auto!”
We hope our maximum city arrives at a better tomorrow where women, regardless of the gender of the person driving them home, feel comfortable and safe when they venture out, notwithstanding the clock!
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)