ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Travails of Women Travellers

Travelling has always been associated literally, and metaphorically, with mobility and progress. However some recurring occurrences in the context of the “travelling” women and the public transport system raise questions about the real nature of this so-called mobile progress.The physical and psychological harassment that women are subjected to got public notice with the Delhi gang rape of December 2012.

Recently, Dayabai, a social activist who has been working for the upliftment of Dalits, Adivasis and women for decades in Kerala, faced humiliation in a state transport corporation bus. The conductor of the bus she had boarded from Thrissur asked her to alight after showering abuses on her. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated case.

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