Women-only cab service hits the brakes
Arun Kharat, founder-director of Wings Travels Management India Pvt. Ltd, said the lack of facilities for women made the job unattractive. "We had seven women drivers two years ago. Today, there are none. The attrition rate is high. The initiative needs a state-level push with government subsidies and incentive schemes. It needs a mass push," he added (via TOI).
Iran releases British-Iranian woman on bail
Iranian authorities released a British-Iranian woman on bail, the semi-official ISNA news agency said. The report quoted Sousan Moshtaghian, mother of Ghoncheh Ghavami, as saying a judge released her daughter on nearly $30,000 bail ahead of an appeal (via TOI).
Indian women's tennis team beats Oman in Asiad opener
The Indian women's tennis team was off to a winning start in the 17th Asian Games as it blanked Oman 3-0 in the first round here today. Prarthana Gulabrao Thombare and Ankita Raina notched up contrasting singles victories before the pairing of Natasha Marie Anne Palha and Rishika Sunkara was handed a walkover in the doubles match (via First Post).
Facing flak, police tone down advisory to women on safety
Dress decently. Avoid late nights. Be well-behaved. Avoid travelling in crowded bus or train. Be street smart. These were some of the measures suggested by the Bidhannagar Police Commisionerate on the city’s north-eastern fringes to women. But hours after the suggestions posted on the Commisionerate’s website went viral on the social media attracting criticism, the 12-point advisory under “Tips for Crime Prevention” was reduced to seven points. Even the heading was changed from “Ways to deal with eve-teasing” to “How to remain safe.” (via The Hindu).