The news of brutality against women is very common across the nation. Every day we get to know of a new incident involving physical or other forms of abuse on females, even kids. The atmosphere in the midst of such news is fairly negative and women often don’t feel secure in their own city.
But a recent incident of a Mumbaikar’s encounter with a female auto-driver is like a breath of fresh air. In times when we are forced to question women’s safety in India, such instances are often a source of hope for better times.
Many cities in India do have female auto-driver as well as cab drivers. These women showcase the will to take their city back from the abusive culture around. And Mumbai resident Vijayeta encountered one such courageous woman on the streets of Mumbai diligently working past midnight.
Vijayeta took to her Twitter account to share her experience with fellow tweeps. According to her tweet, one day when she was heading back home past midnight, her car broke down. While she was looking for help desperately, a female auto-driver came to her rescue who not only dropped her home, but they also bonded a little bit. Here is Vijayeta’s tweet about the episode:
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! pic.twitter.com/2bTpq340R2
— Vijayeta (@SacredInsanity) June 21, 2018
As she shared her experience, tweeps also shared their opinions. There are mixed reactions with some people finding relief in the incident, and some others who are hoping for a better, more equal society. Take a look:
Female auto-drivers means streets are safer.
If a woman can work as an auto driver well past midnight, it’s a safe place.
— gab.ai/murali (@muralipiyer) June 22, 2018
We need such positives in this negative world.
Mumbai has always been safe for women, have never felt unsafe travelling at any hour here. Glad you shared your story. Need to show the positives in this very negative world!
— Uma Nazre (@NazreUma) June 22, 2018
She’s driving the change, but need more after 70 years of Independence.
70yrs 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! This lady is driving the change, not auto.
— Mahesh Venk (@maheshvs007) June 21, 2018
Good, but Indian daughter feeling safe with a male-driver will be the real happiness.
Good to know. But the real happiness will come when the daughters of the nation will feel safe even with male drivers at mid-night. I hope that day comes soon…!
— शरारती_शिकंजी वाला (@Being_AndhBhakt) June 21, 2018
India is miles behind other countries.
U can see hijab wearing women driving buses in Malaysia and Indonesia. India miles behind.
— INC Supporter (@bigheera_inc) June 22, 2018
It’s India of our dreams, heart-warming!
That’s is the India I dream of.. Thanks for sharing such heartwarming post.. Made my day..
— Manish (@M_InThatZone) June 22, 2018
While netizens might be torn on the issue, we believe anything that gives hope for a better tomorrow is a welcome change.