A ‘Pink Auto’ service for women commuters was launched in the state capital by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday with 200 going on the roads.
After examining about 300 auto-rickshaw drivers in the city, about 200 drivers were found eligible to drive the special pink coloured three-wheeler with ‘Pink Auto’ inscribed on them, a senior police official said.
A trained psychologist examined the drivers with 220 of them appearing for tests. The exercise was carried out to eliminate those having ‘criminal minds’, the official said.
“The criminal intents and leanings of drivers were studied during the tests,” he said.
Stating that safety and security of women was a major component of women’s empowerment in the state, Patnaik said “The police need to take prompt action when a woman lodges complaint as their safety and security is the commitment of the state government,” Patnaik said.
The Pink Auto Service would boost the morale of the working women, he said.
While about 4 lakh girls were trained in self-defence techniques last year and this year Rs six crore had been kept for the purpose, he added.
The court said that since the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2013, has come into force, there is no need for the court to issue any direction to comply with the law.