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Trending in India: No cab, no rape?

As the year of 2014 draws to a close, another rape incident in the national capital fuels anger across India. A finance company employee was allegedly raped by the cab driver when she hired a Uber cab to go home after dinner with her friends. But does banning the mobile application-based cab services provides a one-stop solution for ensuring women safety in India?

The incident paints a gory picture of our nation. Women in India cannot travel in bus, cannot travel in a cab, then how else are they supposed to travel in metro cities like Delhi?

It has led to fury on social media too. From Twitter with people are expressing anger over the incident to Facebook where Shenaz Treasurywala’s open letter to powerful and influential men like Narendra Modi, Amitabh Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan and Anil Ambani, ‘Not my shame, it’s their shame’ is making rounds on the social platform.

Uber operations have been banned in Delhi while other states like Karnataka, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Telengana are also following the suit to make it safer for women but in my opinion it only worsens the situation if you are cutting down means of transport. A large population of women in India were using the services until the incident occurred and makes us wonder if the hi-tech cab services pose a threat to women safety in our country, are women just supposed to stay indoors?

I still cannot understand the rationale behind the ban. The rape incident does call for an immediate ban across all cab services in India but also strict and immediate action against the rapist and more stringent laws to enforce women safety in India.

From a business point of view, my only concern is the lack of competition and subsequent poor service when cab services like Uber, Ola, and Taxi for Sure come under scrutiny and then later a ban; the existing cab services like gain entire control of the market and when people are in need to a comfortable road transport, they have no other option but to use whatever means are made available to them.

The government needs to understand that banning cab in Delhi or across India is not a full proof mechanism and cannot guarantee safety of women. A lot of people for whom banning Uber was an immediate reaction, an equally immediate reaction is required in the process of justice too.