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Sunday, 12 February 2017

Seats for women, handicapped in buses: NGO approaches SHRC

The State Human Rights Commission has ‘admitted’ a petition filed by an NGO seeking adherence to the various orders by the authorities regarding reservation of seats for the women as well as handicapped persons in every public transport vehicle.

The petition is likely to come up for hearing next week, chairman of ‘Centre for Peace and Protection of Human Rights’ M.M. Shuja, who has filed it, told Kashmir Reader.

“There are various standing orders issued by the competent authorities especially by Regional Transport Officers of Jammu as well as Kashmir, specifying quota of seats for ladies and physically disabled person in every public transport vehicle,” he said.

However, Shuja said, neither such quota is reserved nor any specific mark is displayed on the reserved seats for ladies and physically disabled persons both in State Road Transport buses and other private transport vehicles.

“It has also been observed that in overcrowded public transport vehicles ladies and even disabled persons keep standing with the result the dignity of women and respect for disabled gets compromised,” he said. “Unscrupulous elements standing in such buses even indulge in indecent acts and gestures,” he said.

huja has also sought compliance of the government orders for concession in fare to student community as also directions from the commission to the drivers of public transport to wear uniform during driving.

Source : Kashmeer Reader , 4th Feb 2017 

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