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Safety worry stalks women BPO workers in Delhi

Nov 05, 2007 10:13 PM IST India India
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New Delhi: The recent Pune incident in which a cab driver allegedly raped and murdered a Wipro employee Jyoti Choudhry, has raised concerns about safety of women at night.

At least 50 cabs exit in a Noida BPO which take home some of Delhi's 10,000 odd women BPO employees. With shifts ending or beginning at odd hours, BPOs are now devising new measures to ensure the safety of their women employees.

"Yes there is always a guard in my car,” says a call centre employee, Smriti.

A call centre cab driver adds, “there is always a guard when I pick up a woman worker.”

But CNN-IBN saw a different picture. Only a handful out of the 50-odd cabs had a guard accompanying the driver. And experts say it is the drivers' antecedents, which are in question.

"The driver should be a company employee instead of being outsourced,” says Security Expert, Sunil Duggal.

Technology promises to help make working conditions safer. Industry body Assocham wants the government to make global positioning system mandatory in the 30,000 odd cabs that zip through the streets of Delhi and NCR.

"This way the driver is psychologically aware that he's being watched,” says Secretary General, Assocham, D S Rawat.

Meanwhile if you are in one such cab, never drop your guard, Avoid distractions like music, keep emergency numbers on speed dial and keep pepper spray or at least a bunch of keys handy.