After pink patrol, Beetle squad and free training to women in martial arts, Kerala police has now come up with a new initiative to ensure protection of women travelling in private buses. Janamythri police have decided to launch women-friendly buses in the state to protect women from harassment of bus operators and co-passengers. 

Several instances of misbehaviour against women from co-passengers and bus operators are being reported every day. Female passengers are often preyed upon by uncouth passengers and bus conductors. Women face several issues ranging from ogling to groping. 

With increasing number of atrocities against women passengers, Janamythri police have decided to roll out women friendly buses in the state. In the first state, women-friendly facilities will be introduced in 400 private buses plying within Balussery police circle, in Kozhikode district. 

"The project aims to ensure the safety of women and girls travelling in private buses. In the first stage about 400 buses plying in the circle will be brought under the project," Balussery Circle Inspector K Sushir said. 

Janamythiri police will join hands with Non-Governmental Organisations and private bus operators to implement the project in a phased manner. "Buses will be provided with a women-friendly tag. The operators will have to follow a set of guidelines and norms issued by police. Such buses will be under the constant watch of police, " the officer said. 

Kerala police is also planning to organise a meeting with women across the state, at regular intervals, to seek their opinion on various initiatives including pink patrol. Their suggestions will be considered, and further improvements will be made accordingly.