Jyoti Singh Pandey Updates: Gang Rape Victim Tried to Take Auto Home

Jyoti and her friend tried in vain to catch a ride home that fateful December 16th night with an autorickshaw, or auto, the three wheeled quick-rides seen all over India. Autos in Delhi often refuse metered rides after 7 p.m. or refuse to take passengers at all. There is no clear explanation as to why this happens. Dellhi police passed a rule on January 2 stating that after 7 p.m., if any auto driver refuses fares in this manner, a woman can take the auto's number, dial 100 and complain to the police. Traffic police will charge that auto driver with a fine.

Rules abound in India, it's the enforcement that is lacking, as we see in this investigation by a CNN-IBN reporter.  It took her speaking to 19 auto drivers, making two phone calls, and 30 minutes in order to secure a ride home and speak with someone on the new Delhi women's help hotline, 181.  

    

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Mythili is a freelance writer/journalist based in New York City. She blogs at www.restlessrani.com. Views expressed are my own and are not representative of my employers.

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